What happens when Leonardo Da Vinci has a conversation with Galileo? Or when Thomas Hobbes chats with Catherine the Great? The 7th graders applied their knowledge of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution by embodying a great mind from one of these eras. By reenacting the Italian and French “salon” of the 17th and 18th centuries, students exchanged political and sociocultural ideas pervasive in these times, allowing them to place these trends in a greater historical context.

Salon Day: A Conversation with Great Minds of Western Civilization

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