This short biography on Charles de Montesquieu focuses on his book (Spirit of the Laws) and his influence on American government. Montesquieu claimed that government should be divided into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. These branches should be granted separate powers and, rather importantly, should be given the authority to oversee the other branches.
The biography includes a series of questions based on the reading.
In using this in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the biography
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences.
The answer key demonstrates these steps.
This biography, combined with others on Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, is an excellent resource for comparing different theories of government.
You might also consider a bundled unit I have uploaded. This unit includes a PowerPoint and graphic organizer, biographies on the philosophers discussed (with the exception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and two types of assessments. Simply visit my store and search for "Mini Unit: Theories of Government."
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