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One of my personal favorite iCivics lessons is Why Government. Using the Why Government lesson early in the school year helped me introduce the Enlightenment to my World History students. While I have used this lesson for many years, I knew it would be a very special one for our current times. Creating a sense of community and even getting students to talk together with masks on was tough. But this lesson lends well to a spirited debate. Students really liked talking about where they see the wisdom in Hobbes and Locke's philosophies and it created a buzz of energy in the classroom. The lesson also has a great “Sketch It Out” assignment that gave me the chance to have meaningful individual and small group conversations on how to visually depict a concept. Some students really shined with an outlet for creativity and I was sure to recognize that. The sense of community developed as we progressed throughout the year. Students would regularly call out "that's so Hobbes!" or "Locke was right!" Their classmates and I would laugh and enthusiastically concur or dispute the claim. When kids are all in on educational jokes, you have really captured the moment.