This is a mini-lesson that gives the students some insight into the principles behind the United States Constitution. If you teach this lesson before beginning the study of the actual document, the explanation of the terms may be helpful to the students as they attack the actual Constitution.
The packet includes:
* A blank graphic organizer for students to complete.
* A teacher’s completed graphic organizer to be projected or used as an overhead to teach the information as students fill in theirs.
The completed organizer becomes
* a convenient reference as students proceed with the Constitution
* a study guide for on quizzes and tests.
Includes these defining principles on which the document is based:
majority rule, minority rights
separations of powers
checks and balances
rule of law
the amendment process
After completing organizer and discussing the Principles, students are required to choose a principle and explain its relevance to life today via an illustrated poster.
We hope you will find this a handy tool. It is one of many in CK Teaching Aids What’s That series on important Social Studies and Language Arts topics. Check out our other US Constitution units:
Constitutional Convention: Meet the Delegates - What’s That?
a study tool for the history of the writing of the
Constitution of the United States - Compromises - What’s That?
a review of the important compromises that allowed the
delegates to the Constitutional Convention reach agreement
and complete the document
Constitution of the United States: Get The Facts - What’s That?
a complete study guide for the Constitution. (coming soon)