Principles Underlying the Constitution


Main Idea

The Framers of the Constitution designed a government that Incorporated the principles of popular sovereignty, rule of low, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

Key Terms popular sovereignty, rule of law. separation of powers, checks and balances, expressed powers, reserved powers, concurrent powers

Reading Strategy Summarizing Information

As you read, complete a graphic organizer like the one below to describe the five principles Included In the U.S. Constitution.


U.S. Conslilulion

Popular Sovereignly:

Rule ol Law:

Separation of Powe-s;

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Read to Learn

• How Is power distributed

In the U.S. government?

♦ What principles of government are contained

In the U.S. Constitution?

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