This mini-unit provides a basic narration of the evolution of American government from the Declaration through the Constitution. The power point explains the core Lockean ideas of natural rights and consent of the governed, the American fear of strong central government, the Constitutional debates between large and small states and the northern and southern states, and the meaning of "We the people." It begins with 3 guiding questions and concludes with 5 questions for further thought, as well as a list of 20 vocabulary and identification terms used in the power point. It provides a balance of explanatory text and visual representations. This mini-unit can stand alone or be used for more detailed study.