Magna Carta Primary Source and Historical Analysis

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In this activity, students learn about the background of the Magna Carta and analyze Clauses one, thirteen, thirty-nine and forty of the Magna Carta. All passages are complete with analyzation questions to help students better understand the historical impact of the Magna Carta.

In the second part of this activity, students read about the conditions leading to the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution. Students will draw comparisons between the conditions prior to the writing of the two documents, then students will reflect on the motivations of the English Nobles and American Colonists. Finally, students write recommendations to English Nobles about what should be in the Magna Carta in order to solve the problems American Colonists faced.

This activity is great for building historical context and helping students to understand historical perspectives.

Total Pages
6 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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