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February 26

posted Feb 26, 2013, 4:48 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 26, 2013, 7:01 AM ]
Day 21--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain why Louis XIV of France is often called the best example of an "absolute" ruler.
I need to focus on the powers that Louis XIV had and how he chose to use them.
I will discuss the approaches that Louis XIV used to preserve and strengthen his powers after reading a short passage about his palace.This is a formative assessment. I need to complete it carefully to add to the material I will need later. 

Key Question: How did European leaders during the Age of Absolutism follow their own interests while facing resistance from others, both from inside their countries and from outside?

Last night's homework (which many of you did earlier, over the weekend) dealt with France's most Absolute ruler, Louis XIV. Begin with this short quiz, using your own assignment to help you answer the questions. 

When finished with the quiz, spend some time learning more about one of Louis XIV's most famous accomplishments. Turn to page 234-235 of your textbook, and learn about the "Palace Fit for the Sun King". As you read, think about, and be ready to discuss when done, the following questions. (You may want to copy/paste the questions into last night's homework assignment, and type your answers there). 
  1. Why would some people see the palace as a symbol of Louis XIV's power?
  2. What was a "typical" day like at the palace? How would you characterize it?
  3. Describe the overall impression you get from the palace, gardens, fountains, etc. Choose one or two adjectives to describe it. 
  4. Why did the powerful people of France spend so much time (and money) at Versailles?
  5. Would you like to live there under those conditions?
We'll be discussing your impressions and answers in a little while. If you're done coming up with answers to these questions before others, open your copy of the document we started yesterday called Absolute Rulers Chart. While you wait for others to finish , use your homework assignment and/or your textbook to create a line of information in the chart about Louis XIV. 

Tonight's homework -- the last one for the unit -- is Chapter 7.3 - BAbsolutism In Central Europe; Peter the Great , pages 230-233;

Due: Wednesday, 2/27
READ pages 230-233
Level 1 Questions - DEFINE in Your Own Words, Please (YOWP)

a)  Frederick William (231)

b)  Hapsburgs (232)

c)  Ivan IV (232)

d)  Czar* (232)

e)  Peter the Great (233)

Level 2 Questions - ANSWER

a)  What obstacles prevented Austria from becoming a centralized, unified, absolutist nation? (232)

b)  How did Western Europe influence Peter the Great’s policies (233)

As we reach the end of this unit, you may want to learn more about the kings and queens we've been talking about with these web resources:
Learn more about the Thirty Years War at these sites:
Learn more about the Palace of Versailles here: