Constitutional Principles

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 sovereignty, republicanism, and separation of powers. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Students can use their textbook to look up the principles and their origins as a homework assignment
  • Have partners work together to complete the graphic organizer and then discuss the results as a class
Pros

  • The chart requires individuals to either recall information or look it up and can act as a reference material for later use and study
Cons

  • The boxes provided for writing are somewhat small, so you may need to suggest that learners use bullet points or abbreviations