Q1W6, September 19-23


TeacherCara Copeland
Subject AreaCivics
Grade Level7
Week #6
Unit of InstructionAmerica's Political Heritage and Founding Fathers
Standard(s) Taught

SS.7.C.1.1 Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu’s view of separation of power and John Locke’s theories related to natural law and how Locke’s social contract influenced the Found Fathers.
SS.7.C.1.2 Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” had on colonists’ views of government, and on the purposes of government.
SS.7.C.1.3 Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
SS.7.C.1.4 Analyze the idea (natural right, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
SS.7.C.1.5 Identify how the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

I will examine how Enlightenment ideas influenced the Founders’ beliefs about individual liberties and government.
I will recognize the influence of Montesquieu’s and Locke’s ideas on the Founding Fathers.

Classroom Activities


Constitution Week


We The People Bell-ringer 

Constitution Explained Video Series

The Enlightenment PowerPoint – Take notes


Constitutional Convention Bell-ringer

Constitution Explained Video Series

John Locke PowerPoint – Island Activity  


Foundations of the Government Bell-ringer

Constitution Explained Video Series

The Enlightenment; A Time of New Ideas worksheet (formative)

1. Watch the Instructional Video on Locke & Montesquieu: The Philosophers Behind the Founders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7GvWSSMkis 

2. Follow the link and finish the CPalms tutorial – https://www.cpalms.org/PreviewResourceStudentTutorial/Preview/101384

3. Complete the Baron de Montesquieu; A Baron is Born worksheet (formative) 

4. When finished students may play iCivics games.  

Assignments Due

CPalms tutorial – upload completion certificate to gradebook (formative)

The Enlightenment: A Time of New Ideas reading and worksheet (formative)

Baron de Montesquieu; A Baron is Born worksheet (formative) 

Additional Resources

ALL IEP and ESOL accommodations will be provided daily.