The Origins of the Constitution Project
How have historical traditions shaped democracy as we see it expressed in the US Constitution?
CA Standards for this Project
I am using this project to cover a number of standards pertaining to the origins of democracy in America and the Constitution as well as the use of the Internet for research.
HSS.10.1.1. Analyze the similarities and differences in Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman views of law, reason and faith, and duties of the individual.
HSS.10.1.2. Trace the development of the Western political ideas of the rule of law and illegitimacy of tyranny, using selections from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics.
HSS.10.2 Students compare and contrast the Glorious Revolution of England, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution and their enduring effects worldwide on the political expectations for self-government and individual liberty.
HSS.10.2.1. Compare the major ideas of philosophers and their effects on the democratic revolutions in England, the United States, France, and Latin America (e.g., John Locke, Charles-Louis Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Sim?n Bol?var, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison).
HSS.10.2.2. List the principles of the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights (1689), the American Declaration of Independence (1776), the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789), and the U.S. Bill of Rights (1791).