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55 resources with the concept the separation of powers

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Baron de Montesquieu

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Where would we be without Baron do Montesquieu and his On the Spirit of Laws? Class members examine passages from Montesquieu's essay that present his concepts of the separation of powers, republican government, and equality under the...
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Regents Review Worksheet #1: Principles of the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 12th
Kids who take the Regents Exam really need to know a lot of information. This is a wonderful exam review tool that includes 26 pages of questions, charts, and suggested readings to help upper graders pass the test. It focuses on all...
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Separation of Powers

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
After the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers were in a pickle. They needed to create a government, but how could they protect the people from a tyrant? The separation of powers was their answer! A video resource explores the history...
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Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars analyze why the Founding Fathers separated the governmental powers into three branches. They use evidence from a short video clip, the third in a 50-part series, to draw conclusions on the importance of having checks and...
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Points of Conflict Between the Branches

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Did the framers of the Constitution try to create conflict among the branches of government? Scholars investigate the conflicts that often arise in the three branches of government. They analyze and examine the legislative, executive,...
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What Is Separation of Powers?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? Scholars investigate the creation of the three branches of government in the United States Constitution. They analyze just why the framers created the branches the way they did.
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James Madison: Raising an Army—Balancing the States and the Federal Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To war! To war! Every nation in the history of the world has had to deal with warfare on some level. Scholars go through a series of activities and discussions surrounding the development of the Constitution to help them better...
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Lesson 2 James Madison: The Second National Bank—Powers Not Specified in the Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How much power is too much power for the federal government? Scholars use primary documents and constitutional research in groups to analyze the creation of the Second National Bank under James Madison. This is the second lesson plan of...
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Lesson 4 James Madison: Internal Improvements Balancing Act—Federal/State and Executive/Legislative

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? The founding fathers asked the same question when the United States was formed. Learners explore issues that arose during Madison’s presidency that raised constitutional questions. Through discovery, discussion, and...
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US v. Alvarez

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Is it illegal to lie about military service? Discuss the ways the First Amendment affects the Stolen Valor Act with a lesson that focuses on the Supreme Court case U.S. v. Alvarez. As high schoolers learn more about the history of the...
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Baron de Montesquieu

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Montesquieu's ideas of a separation of governmental powers, the idea of checks and balances on government, and the influence these ideas had on James Madison, are the focus of a brief information sheet and activities packet.
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Lesson 3: Branches of Government

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Young historians climb through the three branches of the US government in the third lesson of this five-part series. While reading the first three Articles of the Constitution in small groups, children write facts on paper leaves that...
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Constitutional Principles

For Students 8th - 12th
Keep track of constitutional principles with a graphic organizer. Pupils define, describe the origins of, and note down the location of the following terms: checks and balances, federalism, individual rights, limited government, popular...
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Limiting Government

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
While this instructional activity includes several nice worksheets to identify and discuss the various limits on government (i.e. a constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, consent of the governed, etc.), its main value lies...
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Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why is separation of powers within a government important for protecting freedom? How does the United States Constitution organize the nation's governing bodies in order to ensure powers are limited and balanced? This video illustrates...
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The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners determine the role of each branch of government in a system of checks and balances. They demonstrate the role of the judiciary in American government
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Lesson 6: Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the concept of checks and balances. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the basic responsibilities of the three branches of government. Students then take a closer look at judicial review as they...
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Lesson 5: Constitution Principles: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the limited powers of the 3 branches of U.S. government. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the basic responsibilities of the three branches of government and complete the provided handouts on...
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The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers review concepts shown to them in a telecast on the role of the judiciary in a system of separation of powers. After reading an article, they work together in groups to complete a chart on checks and balances. They also...
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Political Parties and What They Do

For Students 10th - 12th
The emerging politicians in your government might be familiar with the words "Democrat" and "Republican," but what do they really know about the role of political parties in America? Use this activity to reinforce information from your...
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Constitutional Acts (Chapter 3)

For Students 10th - 12th
Help your students review constitutional acts in this review worksheet, which could also be used as a class quiz. Five matching questions and five multiple choice questions address checks and balances, the powers of the Senate and House,...
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The Power of Judicial Review

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Marbury v. Madison is arguably the most important landmark case in the history of the Supreme Court. A fact-filled lesson provides background information about the case and two others related to the concept of judicial review. Scholars...
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Judicial Independence

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Most people support the idea of an independent judiciary in theory until they hear about a court case that violates their principles. An informative resource explains why the concept is important. It also provides scholars of criminology...
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About Federal Judges

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Not just anybody can do the job of a federal judge, but according to the United States Constitution just about anybody can be appointed. The lesson outlines the process and requirements for becoming a federal judge, focusing on the...