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The Enlightenment, The French Revolution and Romanticism: CKHG Student Reader


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The Enlightenment, The French Revolution and Romanticism is a single volume divided into two separate sections (corresponding to Unit 3 and Unit 4 for schools using the CKHG series in Sequence grade-level order).

Core Knowledge History and Geography™ (CKHG) Student Readers offer engagingly written text with many color illustrations, maps, vocabulary sidebars, and a glossary. For each reader, a Teacher Guide and Timeline Cards are separately available. All materials may be downloaded and previewed in their entirety.

The Enlightenment, The French Revolution and Romanticism is a single volume divided into two separate sections:

  • The Enlightenment explores the ideas of influential writers, scientists, and philosophers in Western Europe from the late 1600s through the 1700s. These Enlightenment thinkers, with their emphasis on intellectual freedom and natural rights, ushered in the modern age. Students also explore how the ideas of Europe’s Enlightenment thinkers are echoed within the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and others embraced these revolutionary ideas.
  • The French Revolution and Romanticism explores how Enlightenment ideas of freedom, equality, and natural rights, as well as the recent American Revolution, helped ignite the French Revolution in 1789, bringing down the ancien régime—the “old order,” with its indulgent absolute monarchy and rigid social classes. Students learn how radical political changes gave way to violence, including the execution of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, followed by the Reign of Terror under Robespierre, during which many died under the guillotine’s blade. The French Revolution ended when the military genius Napoleon Bonaparte rose to become dictator and then emperor of France. Great art, music, and literature flourished during the time of French Revolution and the decades afterward. Initially, Neoclassicism, or a return to the forms and influences of Greek and classical art, took hold. Partly in reaction against Neoclassicism, and partly inspired by new ideas of nature and the individual articulated by Rousseau and others, the Romantic movement in art, literature, and music flourished. Students are introduced to representative Romantics, including the poets Byron and Wordsworth; the composers Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Schumann; and, the painter John Constable.

Related Components

  • Teacher Guide: with detailed lesson plans, activity page masters, additional activities, and assessments
  • Timeline Cards: visual aids to reinforce big ideas, chronology, and context

Preview the Book

You may preview this book in its entirety by downloading the CKHG Student Reader in PDF form for either Unit 3 or Unit 4.


About CKHG

Core Knowledge History and Geography™ (CKHG) is a comprehensive program in world and American history and geography, integrating topics in civics and the arts. CKHG helps students build knowledge of the diverse civilizations, cultures, and concepts specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence.

CKHG Student Readers offer engagingly written text with many color illustrations, maps, vocabulary sidebars, and a glossary. In general, the content and presentation in CKHG Student Readers for Grades 6-8 are appropriate for young readers from the upper elementary grades through middle school (Lexile levels 950 – 1000).

Using CKHG in the Classroom

  • For Social Studies: Used in their recommended sequence, CKHG materials can form the basis of an engaging Social Studies program that builds historical and geographical knowledge and skills grade by grade.
  • For Language Arts: You can also use CKHG to integrate content-rich nonfiction into your Reading/Language Arts lessons. CKHG objectives are correlated with the Common Core English Language Arts standards, which call for increased reading of nonfiction informational texts.

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6.7 in. W x 9.6 in. H
161 pages

ISBN: 978-1-68380-328-7

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