Unit 14: Other European Nations


Unit 14 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
French, Prussian, English
Short Story Writing

Louis-XVUnit Description

The reigns of both Louis XV and Frederick II were influential in the major developments in Europe and had a direct impact on America as well.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27
  • Godly leadership and servanthood are necessary for one to be a true reforming influence.
    • Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many..- Matthew 20:26 – 28
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2:21

Unit 14 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions and vocabulary, then read the article: Louis XV, pages 8 – 20.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Define the vocabulary words in the context of the reading and put the word and its definition in the vocabulary section of your history notebook.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • What was the state of the French economy at the time of the death of Louis XIV?
  • What was the amount of the French national debt at that time?
  • What did John Law propose as a solution to the economic problems of France?
  • Was Law’s plan successful? Why or why not?
  • What did the people do to John Law and the Duke of Orléans at the demise of their plan?
  • What was the downfall of Law’s plan?
  • Describe the Jansenist controversy.
  • Who was Voltaire (research this further, outside the scope of the article)?
  • Who was Montesquieu? (Research this further, outside the scope of the article.)
  • Describe the fall of the Jesuits.
Lesson 2: History

Lesson Two Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: Frederick the Great, pages 22 – 25.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson Two Discussion Questions:

  • Describe the father of Frederick the Great.
  • Why did Frederick, the crown prince of Prussia, try to run away to stay with his uncle, George II, who was King of England?
  • What did Frederick the Great promise the people of Prussia when he began his rule?
  • How did he demonstrate his commitment to this promise?
  • What was the cause of the war between Prussia and Austria?
  • Describe the Seven Years’ War.
  • What was the result of that war?
  • Would you describe Frederick the Great as a good or bad ruler? Why?

Literature and Composition Assignments

  • Read the assignment background information.
  • Using your “working plot” and your character questionnaires, write a rough draft of your short story.
  • Read through your story and make sure that it is interesting and that it has unity of plot. Make necessary adjustments to the content and fix any grammatical or mechanical errors.

Unit 14 Extra Resources: High School

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Biography of Voltaire

Frederick the Great – Part 1 of 5

Frederick the Great – Part 2 of 5

Frederick the Great – Part 3 of 5

Frederick the Great – Part 4 of 5

Frederick the Great – Part 5 of 5