Roots of the Constitution Reading, Doodle Notes and Puzzles

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Review the ideas and documents that lead to our Constitution with this Roots of the Constitution activity. Students will read a brief handout tracing the historical influences of philosophers and documents and summarize the information on Doodle Notes. Your students will then review the information with two different puzzles.

When you purchase this activity, you will receive:

-1 page of informational text on historical influences on our Constitution including content on the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Virginia House of Burgesses, Mayfolower Compact, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, John Locke, Thomas Hooker and Charles de Montesqieu.

Doodle Notes for students to summarize information

two different puzzles for students to solve to review information

-an answer key

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2019 8th Grade US History TEKS

8.3 History. The student understands the foundations of  representative government in the United States. The student is  expected to:
(A)  explain the reasons for the growth of representative government and institutions during the colonial period
(B) analyze the importance of the Mayflower Compact, the  Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, and the Virginia House of  Burgesses to the growth of representative government

8.15 Government. The student understands the American beliefs  and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the  U.S. Constitution, and other important historic documents. The  student is expected to:
(A)  identify the influence of ideas from historic documents, including  the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact,  and the Federalist Papers on the U.S. system of government
(E)  explain the role of significant individuals such as Thomas Hooker,  Charles de Montesquieu, and John Locke in the development of  self‐government in colonial America

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