Lesson Plan

James Madison: Madison Was There

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Madison was there! Scholars go on a journey to discover the person behind the founding father label as they explore James Madison's role in the formation of the United States government. The culmination is a writing assignment and outline of their findings. This is the first installment of a four-part series. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Split class into groups to research Madison's life, domestic presidency and foreign presidency
  • Extension opportunity to compare and contrast Madison with other framers of the US Constitution 
Classroom Considerations
  • Group size should be no more than three
  • Includes primary and secondary documents
  • Online resources and documents available for classroom use and printing