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The Seven Principles of the Constitution

The Seven Principles of the Constitution
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Grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 11

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This 14-page lesson, "The Seven Principles of the Constitution," is designed to introduce students in grades 6-11 to the foundational principles of the Constitution and our system of government. In this lesson, students will identify and explain the seven principles of the Constitution, read a text and determine the key information in the text for note-taking, and work collaboratively to complete this assignment. They will learn the terms popular sovereignty, republicanism, federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, limited government, and individual rights.

This lesson is part of my unit: “Our Living Consitution” which is designed using the Into, Through, and Beyond model of lesson planning. The lessons in the Constitution unit can be used independently or as a supplement to what you already teach or as a whole. 

You might be interested in my other Constitution-related lessons, many of which can be found in my bundle: Our Living Constitution.

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Into Lessons: Creating Schema

Through Lessons: Learning the Content

Extras (from the Unit: Every Four Years… The Presidential Election)

Beyond Lessons: Summative Assessments

What's Included

Resources included in this lesson:

-- a detailed lesson plan with objectives and learning targets aligned to the Common Core Standards for Reading in History

-- Road Signs Vocabulary Chart: Understanding Key Terms Related to the Constitution

-- The Seven Principles of the Constitution reading

-- Student worksheet for taking notes and answering questions

-- Answer Key

Resource Tags

Civics Government U.S. History Constitution Critical Thinking popular sovereignty republicanism and federalism separation of powers and checks and balances limited government and individual rights

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