World History Weekly

Week of 1/15/16

Welcome to the new year!

For the past week and a half or so we have covered the Enlightenment and moved right into the French Revolution. Within the Enlightenment we focused on a few of the major thinkers of the time, such as Hobbes & Locke, and focused on whether or not the job of government is compliance or protecting the natural rights of citizens. All of this falls under the purview of social contract theory which is still how society is based today. Now we have moved right into the French Revolution this week by focusing on the overall social structures of France and the causes of this major shift in European history. Try engaging your student at home with the following:


  • What is the social contract?
  • What did Hobbes believe about the purpose of government? Were people born good or bad?
  • How did the Enlightenment change how people viewed the world? How about government?
  • What are some of the main causes behind the French Revolution?
  • What is the difference between the first, second, and third estate?


Moving towards next week we will continue some of our work on the French Revolution and do a small in class project that brings together some of the information we have covered this week. We should be moving towards the Industrial Revolution towards the end of next week. Students may have a Quiz on the French Revolution + Enlightenment towards the end of next week as well, if time allows.

Be Awesome Everyday. Seriously.

Martin Luther King Day

First, in case you didn't realize, we're off school this Monday due to Martin Luther King Day. With that in mind, check out some information about the day of service to commemorate this great political leader. Stockton University has a day of service each year in which you or your student could volunteer to help out the local community. Not only is this a great resume builder but also a great way to give back to the community around you which is one of the main legacies of MLK.