Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote the First and Second Discourses and was a philosopher, writer, and a composer. The objective of this lesson is to examine the author of the First and Second Discourses, Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
1) Independent Work: Library Research: Students should find answers to the following: When was Rousseau born? Where was he born? What happened to his parents? Who was he raised by? Did he receive an education? Why did Rousseau leave Geneva? Where did he go? Why was this move significant?
2) Class Discussion: How did Rousseau influence French thought? Philosophy? What works did he write? How did his upbringing influence his thinking? How did critics react to his writing? What happened to his children? What historical figures is he compared to in terms of influence? Why is this significant?
3) Group Debate: Students should have 5 minutes to prepare a response to the following prompt...
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