SS.7.C.1.7: Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of
powers and checks and balances.
SS.7.C.3.3: Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in
Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as
established in the Constitution.
SS.7.C.1.8: Explain the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification
of the Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights.
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
Students will recognize the Anti-Federalists’ reasons for the inclusion of a bill of rights in the U.S.
Students will recognize the Federalists’ reasons for a stronger, central government.
Students will recognize examples of separation of powers and checks and balances.
Students will compare the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of the federal government.
Students will identify the general powers described in Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution.
Independent: CPalms Tutorials: Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist and The Three Branches
Partner Work: Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist worksheet
Small Group: The Three Branches Chart
Extension Activity: iCivics (Do I Have a Right?)
Ratification Of The Constitution Debate Prep
CPalms tutorials (formative)
Three Branches Chart (formative)
*Summative Test on Preamble and Constitution Monday/Tuesday 11/15 – 11/16