Subject Area(s): Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 6

Format of Library of Congress media:

Best Instructional Practices


SOL USI.7: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the challenges faced by the new nation

by b) identifying the basic principles of the new government established by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights.


1 lesson, approximately 1 hour

Lesson Summary

This lesson is an introductory activity to a study of the Constitution and the separation of powers as outlined by James Madison. Students will analyze and categorize primary sources as to which branch of government they would fit under. This activity can be repeated later for review using new primary sources.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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