In Class Monday: Federalists v. Anti-Federalists


Today we opened with a video about the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

Activity 1:

We put ourselves into chronological order for the Influential forms of Government from Magna Carta to the Bill of Rights.

Activity 2:

We completed a T-chart showing the differences between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.

Download PPT (feds v anti-feds lesson)

Activity 3:

You worked Independently on a set of quotes from the Founding Fathers to determine if they were Federalists or Anti-Federalists based on what they said.

Download Sheet (Federalists v Anti-Federalists quotes)

We then compared and discussed as a class our answers.


You completed a double bubble map comparing the two groups of people.

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The US Constitution

In Class Friday: Mock Government Passes a Bill

We Started Class with the Weekly Vocabulary Quiz


We watched I’m Just a Bill

Activity 1:

We retouched on the Great Compromise and the 3/5 compromise because we didn’t have enough time yesterday to go in depth with it…. Let’s do some math.

Activity 2:

Let’s Pass a Law

The Class is split into equals sides. One side will serve as the Senate and the Other as the House of Representatives.

You will have learned just have difficult it is to get the House and the Senate to agree and even how more difficult it will be to pass your law if the President Vetoes the bill.

Let’s Amend the Constitution

Same thing goes this time except now we want to change the actual Constitution instead of make a law.



Do you think the way our Congress is established guarded against Tyranny?

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Definition: Democracy

Democracy is a government that is ruled by the people.

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Quiz Tomorrow – Thursday! – FLIPRCS

START Flipping Rocks now!

Alright guys, you have a quiz tomorrow. I will hand you a blank piece of paper. On the board will be the acronym we’ve been using all week to remember the 7 principles of government: FLIPRCS

You will have to list the corresponding principle to each letter in the acronym and describe what it is and how it helps to prevent Tyranny.

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.

Quick Write Question

You will have to answer the following question when you are done.

How does the Constitution guard against tyranny?


In Class Wednesday: FLIPRCS

The Opening of the Class

  • We twice lined up in the FLIPRCS (FLIP Rocks) order at the front of class and you described the Principle that you received.
  • We then completed a Venn Diagram comparing Federalism and Separation of Powers

Main Activities

  • You finished analyzing documents in C & D in the DBQ with a partner.
  • This time you color coded your answers. Each answer had to be a different color on the paper and you had to circle where you got that information in the same color.


We lined up at the front of the class twice again in the FLIPRCS order and described each principle.

We then took a quiz on a blank piece of paper where you wrote the name of each principle in FLIPRCS order.

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In Class Thursday: 7 Principles of Governemnt

Today in class we created a foldable of the 7 Principles of Government.

At the top flap you wrote the Title: “7 Principles of Government”

On each flap you wrote one letter of the Acronym: FLIPRCS

In class we will refer to this acronym as Flip Rocks to make it easier to remember.

Each letter stands for the following word:

  • F – Federalism
  • L – Limited Government
  • I – Individual Rights
  • P – Popular Sovereignty
  • R – Republicanism
  • C – Checks & Balances
  • S – Separation of Powers


You took notes on the page below each and also drew a picture representing the idea of this.


On the back of the foldable you created a circle map and listed the concepts that make up the 7 Principles of Government.

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