Includes complete lesson plan, introductory grabber, all needed scaffolding, press conference activity, follow up quiz and individual writing assessment.
Students will be divided into groups to become an expert on one of the four philosophers. Students will create a speech, costume, and panel questions for the other philosophers during the press conference.
Following the Press Conference, students will be asked to create their own political philosophy combining their personal opinion with the views of the four philosophers. Their response will answer the essential question of: What is the most appropriate amount of government control over the populace?
SSCG1 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the political philosophies that shaped the development of United States constitutional government.
b. Analyze the writings of Hobbes (Leviathan), Locke (Second Treatise on Government), and
Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws) as they affect our concept of government.
SSCG2 The student will analyze the natural rights philosophy and the nature of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
SSUSH4 The student will identify the ideological, military, and diplomatic aspects of the American Revolution.
a. Explain the language, organization, and intellectual sources of the Declaration of Independence; include the writing of John Locke and the role of Thomas Jefferson.
SSUSH5 The student will explain specific events and key ideas that brought about the adoption and implementation of the United States Constitution.
c. Explain the key features of the Constitution, specifically the Great Compromise, separation of powers (influence of Montesquieu), limited government, and the issue of slavery.