Ready-to-Use Lecture: The Rise of English Constitutionalism

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Grades: 10, 11

Courses: World History, European History

Focus: Concepts of English Common Law, including specifically defined powers that are equally enforced, were the bedrock of the emerging constitutional system that rejected the political whims of the monarch. The transformation of England’s government was a gradual process taking place over several centuries. This process is reflected in a series of important philosophical and political documents.

Outcomes: Students will be able to explain the importance of written documents, especially the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement, to the rise of constitutionalism. They will also understand the importance of religious belief in the construction of personal liberties.

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