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Historic Dinner Party of Enlightened Guests

Students in AP and Honors European History classes researched major figures from the Age of Enlightenment and showcased their knowledge during a class “Dinner Party” where students acted and dressed like their famous personae.
As party guests, the students mingled with each other, making introductions and getting to know one another without revealing their names. The challenge was to determine which historical figure each classmate was impersonating. 

Figures included:
  • Rene Descartes
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Olympe de Gouges
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • John Locke
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Thomas Paine
  • ...and more!

After the dinner party, each student gave a brief presentation about their famous person. All together, this learning activity was a great way for Mrs. Salyards’ students to fortify their knowledge of figures from the Enlightenment.

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