Lesson Plan

Lesson 2 James Madison: The Second National Bank—Powers Not Specified in the Constitution

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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 of a four-part series. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Preview the lesson as to what indicates a constitutional question and how a constitutional question is formed
  • Split class into to groups to debate the formation of a Second National Bank
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of the Constitution and the formation of the idea of the separation of powers
  • Divide the class into groups of three
  • Printable documents for classroom use
  • Extension opportunities with the Elliot's Debates and the United States Constitution primary documents