Type:

Lesson Plan

Description:

The Framers of the Constitution had a rich intellectual foundation and long practical experience with representative legislatures to draw from as they framed the new Constitution and founded a new nation. The Framers at the Constitutional Convention debated the principles of republican government, federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances throughout the summer of 1787. They unanimously agreed that the government would be republican, or representative of the sovereign people, who gave their consent to form a government to protect their natural rights.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > Civics
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Representative/Republican government; civic virtue; civil discourse; separation of powers; consent of the governed; majority rule, minority rights; inalienable/natural rights Constitution; Founders, Colonial America; American Revolution; the Founding; Early Republic

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

D2.Civ.3.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Examine the origins and purposes of rules, laws, and key U.S. constitutional provisions.

D2.Civ.5.6-8: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain the origins, functions, and structure of government with reference to the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and selected other systems of government.

D2.Civ.4.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain how the U.S. Constitution establishes a system of government that has powers, responsibilities, and limits that have changed over time and that are still contested.
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