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1 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Identify the 6 principles that form our Constitution Meaning and purpose of each principle Examples How do you see these principles in your everyday life?

2 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Signed into being on September 17, Parts o Preamble: Introduction, establishes the purpose of government o Articles: 7 articles which provides guidelines for how the government will operate o Amendments: 27changes to the original document US Constitution Quick Facts

3 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? What is a Principle?

4 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? A principle is a basic rule that guides and influences thought or action... Principles guide our decision making, thus help to keep us in order. What is a Principle?

5 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? 1. Popular Sovereignty 2. Limited Government 3. Separation of Powers 4. Checks and Balances 5. Judicial Review 6. Federalism The government follows these principles when making laws and decisions. 6 Principles of the US Constitution

6 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? 1. Popular Sovereignty The people are the source of power. Popular = People Sovereignty = Power

7 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? 1. Popular Sovereignty

8 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? 1. Popular Sovereingty

9 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Government powers are limited to what is written in the constitution. Example: The police cannot search or seize your property without demonstrating cause and getting a warrant. 2. Limited Government Magna Carta English Bill of Rights

10 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? 3. Separation of Powers Make the LawsEnforce the LawsInterpret the Laws The framer's did not want one part of government to become too powerful.

11 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Definition: Each branch of government has some power over the other two branches. Makes government less efficient but also less likely to trample on the rights of citizens Purpose: Preventing any one branch from having too much power. Example: If Congress makes a law, what can the President do if the president does not agree with it? 4. Checks and Balances

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13 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Courts decide if government acts violate the constitution. o Final authority on what the constitution says. Marbury v. Madison established judicial review 5. Judicial Review

14 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Power is divided between national, state, and local governments. Each level has its own responsibilities. 6. Federalism

15 What are the main principles of the US Constitution? Each group will be assigned a principle o Locate where in the constitution your principle is found. o Provide an example of your principle. Expert groups will teach the rest of the class. Task


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