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Influence of Earlier Documents on the Constitution of the United States

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The students will see how earlier historical documents influenced the creation of the Constitution of the United States. The graphic organizers will help the students understand the influence of five documents: the Magna Carta, the Charters of the Virginia Company of London, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Charles Baumgardner

The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Understanding the President's Job

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In order to become informed participants in a democracy, students must learn about the women and men who make decisions concerning their lives, their country, and the world. The President of the United States is one such leader. As a nation, we place no greater responsibility on any one individual than we do on the president. Through these lessons, students learn about the roles and responsibilities of the president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Marielle Palombo, National Endowment for the Humanities