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History Illustrated

Step 1 – Create your foldable

Step 2Go to this Website

Copy the definition of each Principle of Government into Wordle to make an image for each principle.

F – Federalism

Dividing the Powers of the Government between a Central (National or Federal) Government and the State Governments and the Local Communities.

This prevents power from being gathered in any one location which would be a tyranny.

L – Limited Government

Limiting the Power of the Government, literally what it says. The government has rules that it must obey and they are subject to punishment for breaking laws just like we are.

This prevents a government figure from doing whatever they would like and creating tyranny.

I – Individual Rights

All individuals in the country are guaranteed certain rights that cannot be taken away without due process of the law.

P – Popular Sovereignty

Popular (people) Sovereignty (Authority or Power) simply means that the powers that the government has come from the people “We the People” have the power.

If all the people have the power it makes it much more difficult for one or a few to gather power and create a tyranny.

R – Republicanism

Republicanism is very similar to Representative Government (Click to Watch Video). Our country would be a republic which means we would vote for representatives to make laws for us.

In a republic it’s difficult to create a tyranny because people have the right to vote for people who would have their best interest in mind.

C – Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances compliments the 7th principle of Separation of Powers. The idea calls for each of the 3 branches of government to keep each other equal by each of them having some power or control over the others. Having power over someone or something else might be referred to as a “CHECK.” If you have a check on something you are also keeping them “Balanced” or equal to you.

This prevents tyranny because no one branch can gain more power than the other 2.

S – Separation of Powers

The Separation of Powers splits the Legislative (Law Making) Powers, The Executive (Law Enforcing) Powers, and the Judiciary (Law Interpreting) Powers, so that no one person can have more than one power.  Having 3 branches prevents tyranny because no one person can create, execute, or interpret laws at the same time.

Step 3:  Click on the Start Menu and open the Snipping Tool.

1.Click New and drag the selection box around your word cloud that was created in Wordle.

2.Right click and copy the image.

3.Go back to Word and paste the image in a new document.

4. Repeat this process with each principle of government and put them all on one piece of paper.

5. Print the paper and cut out the word clouds and paste them into your foldable.

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