Colonial Influences

Lesson Duration

From iCivics

“American colonists had some strong ideas about what they wanted in a government. These ideas surface in colonial documents, and eventually became a part of the founding documents like the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. But where did they come from? This lesson looks at Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, English Bill of Rights, Cato’s Letters and Common Sense.”


Students will be able to:

  • Trace the impact of the following documents on the colonists’ views of government:
  • Magna Carta
  • English Bill of Rights
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Cato’s Letters
  • Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

Go to: Colonial Influences (a part of the Road to the Constitution series)


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