The Three Branches Lesson: Separation of Powers and Montesquieu

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Looking for a way to teach the separation of powers? This lesson teaches students about the three branches of government and also explores Montesquieu and his impact on James Madison. Students will read, write and create art in this lesson!

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Montesquieu and James Madison Reading


Writing Prompt

Analogy Art Project

This lesson is based on the following standards



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10 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


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