Unit #1: Into to World History: Absolute Monarchies Across Europe
 Learning Target: I can DESCRIBE how absolute power was instituted in Spain, Netherlands, France, Central Europe, & Russia.   

Directions: Please follow the directions in the box below to complete the assignment.  Be sure to complete the assignment and carefully check your work before submitting your assignment for a grade. 

Part 1: European Geography and Rulers

 1.   Welcome to Europe (1500-1800).  European nations are dominated by powerful, wealthy, and sometimes over the top rulers who hold absolute power over their nations and people.  In this section we
       will identify some of these rulers and the locate the nations they reigned over with absolute or complete authority.   

       Download the Europe in 1500 Map Activity and open it in your google slides.  Be sure to click on File > Save As > Google doc so that you can edit and save. 

 2.  Complete the map on slide #2.  Use the thumbnail map below to help you label the following nations: France, Netherlands, France, Austria, Prussia, England, & Russia.  You can   
      click on the map to make it larger.  You can also use this link to visit the map's homepage.  Use your text tool to label the map.  Be sure to save. 

 3.  One slide #3 you will find some of your favorite Absolute Monarchs!  You should be able to drag them to the countries they ruled.  If you cannot drag them, draw a line to their nation or simply note use the text
      tool to type their names into the nation they ruled.  You scan your text book pages 513 - 532 to identify the Absolute Monarchs found in Spain, France, Central Europe, and Russia.  You can also use the
      following digital resources. 
        Slide Share  |  prezi  |  timetoast timeline  |  Study.com 

Part 2: What's so cool about Absolute rule?

 1. Each student will be working collaboratively to research and present ONE of our Absolute Monarchs.  Take a moment to choose two other students to work with on this project. 

 2.  As a group, you will conduct your own research on ONE of the Absolute Monarchs below.  You can use your text book or find digital resources on your Chrome book.  DO NOT COPY AND PASTE

      Each of your groups will be assigned a different Monarch. 

      Phillip II  (513 - 515)
      Louis XIV (518-523)

      William of Orange (515 - 516) 

       Hapsburg Family (526-528)

       Maria Theresa (529-530)

       Fredrick the Great (529-530)

       Ivan the Terrible (531-532)

       Peter the Great (532 - 535)

 3.  Have one member of your group create a Google slides and share it with the rest of the group.  Each member of the group should contribute to the presentation.  Each member of your group needs to
      collaborate on the presentation.  You will each be presenting this information to other students.

      Tips for Success:    

      Stay on task


      Use the book

      Divide up the work

Create a Google Slides presentation that includes the following information:

      1.  A title slide with your full names the name of the Absolute Ruler you researched and a picture of that monarch. 

      2.  Define the terms "Absolute Monarchy" and "Absolutism"

      3.  At lease five images of the Absolute Ruler you researched.  These can be placed anywhere in your presentation.  They can be  different images of the ruler or  images of events during the monarchs reign. 

      4.  What country did they rule?  Include a map showing where that country is located. 

      5.  What were some of their personal characteristics that make them so interesting?  Tell us about the person such as their personalities, their likes, dislikes, style, etc. 

      6.  Explain how did they come to power?  Be sure to include which ruler came before and after their reign and how they took control of the thrown. 

      7.  Write a paragraph explaining:  What did they accomplish (or not accomplish) as a ruler? Explain using detailed information from your research. 

      8.  Write a paragraph answering the following question:  What was the effect of their rule over their nation?  Explain using detailed information from your research.

      9.  Write a paragraph answering the following question: Does your group think they were a good or a bad ruler?  Explain using detailed information from your research.  Be sure to discuss your thoughts with
           every member of your group. 

      10.  List at least five additional interesting facts you learned. 

4.  Take some time to each practice going over your presentation with the other members of your group.   You will EACH be presenting this information to the members of the other groups.  The more you practice
     the better you will do when you present to others. 

Part 3: Group Presentations

 1.  Please come to class to take attendance.  We will then be heading down to the Media Center. 
 2.  Sit at one of the 6 presentation tables with people from OTHER GROUPS.  In other words, you should not be sitting with anyone you worked with on this activity. 

 3.  Download the Absolute Monarchs Across Europe Study Guide.  Open the worksheet in Google Docs.  Be sure to click on file > Save As > Google Doc

 4.  Now each person at your presentation table will present their groups Absolute Ruler to the others at the table.  Be sure to use appropriate presentation skills (speaking to audience & being audible).   Plug your
      Chromebook into the TV at the station.  Just speak to the class about your ruler and what you learned.  Your grade for this assignment will be based on your presentation.

 5.  While others are presenting, please give them attention and respect.  As you listen to other student's presentations, complete the Absolute Monarchs Across Europe Study Guide.


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