In this mini-lesson, students will explore the ideas of Enlightenment thinker, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His writings on natural and social freedom, the social contract, and democracy shaped the American system of government in a variety of ways.
Partner Resources for this Lesson Plan include:
- Analyze the ideas behind America’s founding documents.
- Identify the ideas of various Enlightenment thinkers who influenced America’s founders.
- Big Ideas: The Social Contract, natural freedom, social freedom, general will, majority rule, direct and representative democracy
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