Separation of Powers

After the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers were in a pickle. They needed to create a government, but how could they protect the people from a tyrant? The separation of powers was their answer! A video resource explores the history behind the central concept in American government still crucial today.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create discussion questions to have learners debate whether the system of checks and balances works
Classroom Considerations

  • Material is repetitive from other videos in the same series
  • Resource does not presume students have extensive background in the Constitution

  • Narrator is engaging
  • Entertaining graphics hold pupils' interest

  • None