Founders and the Constitution

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Clock One 45-minute class period.

In this lesson, students will study the life of Benjamin Franklin. Students will learn about Franklin’s contributions to his community and country, evaluate the Albany plan, analyze Franklin’s efforts oppose slavery, and much more.

Founding Principles

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Civic Virtue

A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.

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Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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Representative / Republican Government

Form of government in which the people are sovereign (the ultimate source of power) and authorize representatives to make and carry out laws.

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