Thomas Hobbes Mini-lesson

Lesson Plan

Thomas Hobbes was one of the first of his era to discuss the idea of the social contract. This mini-lesson looks at his views on government and his famous book, Leviathan.



  • Identify the ideas of various Enlightenment thinkers who influenced America's founders.
  • Analyze the ideas behind America's founding documents.
  • Recognize how various individuals and groups contributed to the development of the U.S. government.
  • Big Ideas: state of nature, social contract, sovereign, Leviathan, monarchy