Between the PowerPoint discussion, Principles Chart, and the Cut and Paste Activity students will move up Bloom’s taxonomy from identification to application. These activities cover multiple intelligences from auditory, visual, tactile-kinesthetic. I generally let students work together. With the lesson's paired assignments (if you choose to pair them), visual activities, and sentence stems are excellent for English Language Learners.
This lesson includes:
Use the PowerPoint to introduce the concepts of federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, popular sovereignty, republicanism, limited government, and individual rights.
PowerPoint Discussion Guide
This guide will help guide you through the discussion. There are questions and examples to help students relate and comprehend each principle.
I use this chart with the discussion, but it can be used separately. Students examine the pictures that go with the chart to determine which picture represents which principle. Students must answer with a preset sentence stem explaining their answer. Then, students come up with a simile for each principle.
Pictures that go along with Chart
These go with the Principles Chart.
Cut and Paste Activity
Students match a definition, a simple example, a government/primary source example, and a visual representation to each principle. The easiest way to do this is to have students cut out all the definitions at once and paste those down. Then move to the next column.
PRODUCT INCLUDES KEY
Constitutionalism, government, democracy, federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, limited government, popular sovereignty, republicanism, individual rights