This unit is going to review a time of change in European history. Monarchies will be unified and strong. The Enlightenment will influence the way people think about government and rights. Revolutions will occur. Students will be able to discuss political, social, and scientific changes in society and the way these changes affect society today.

Louis XIV's Palace at Versailles
Day One Erienne- Listen to a Podcast on Feudalism and the Manorial System and watch a Slide Show on Windows Movie Maker

Day Two Erienne- Complete an Internet Activity on Absolute Monarchs and discuss the actions of three rulers: Henry VIII, Louis XIV, and Catherine the Great

Day Three Erienne- Review the English Civil War through and Interactive PowerPoint and discuss the Glorious Revolution

Day Four Erienne- Exploring the French Revolution through Streaming Video

Day Five Erienne- Use Quia to learn about the French Revolution

Final Project Erienne

Virginia SOLs
Era VI: Age of Revolutions, 1650 to 1914 A.D.WHII.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of scientific, political, economic, and religious changes during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries by
a) describing the Scientific Revolution and its effects;
b) describing the Age of Absolutism, including the monarchies of Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, and Peter the Great;
c) assessing the impacts of the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution on democracy;
d) explaining the political, religious, and social ideas of the Enlightenment
e) describing the French Revolution;
g) describing the expansion of the arts, philosophy, literature, and new technology.

Unit Goals and Objectives:
The goal of this unit is to get students to understand power, what it means to have it, who used to have it, how that changed, and why society is structured as it is today. It is worth being familiar with specific absolute monarchs, such as Louis XIV, Catherine the Great, and Henry VIII. It is important to know and understand the changes that took place during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, and the various revolutions that took place at this time, such as the French Revolution. The aspects of enduring understanding includes the question about right to revolution and how to obtain and retain power.

Essential Question(s):
What is power?
How do changing ideals in society alter the way governments work?

Absolutism, Enlighten despot, Enlightenment, divine right, Louis XIV, revolution, French Revolution, First Estate, Second Estate, Third Estate, American Revolution, sans-culotte, Jacobin, Robespierre, Marie Antoinette, centralization of power, Versailles, Charles I, Parliament, Roundheads, Loyalists, Cavaliers, treason, Oliver Cromwell, Henry VIII, Peter the Great, nobility, clergy, Committee for Public Safety, Bastille, Reign of Terror, guillotine