James Madison Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your student about James Madison with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson about Madison for background information before watching a video lesson on his presidency and the War of 1812. Discussion questions, a quiz and activity are included.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain James Madison's impact on early United States politics and development
  • discuss the War of 1812 and the Monroe Doctrine
  • use content-specific vocabulary accurately


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • James Madison
  • Virginian/Virginia Dynasty
  • Virginia State Constitution
  • Virginia State Legislature
  • Treaty of Paris
  • American Revolution
  • Articles of the Confederation
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Federalists
  • Anti-Federalists
  • Federalists Papers
  • Representative government
  • Checks and balances
  • Bill of Rights
  • Father of the Constitution
  • National Bank
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Democratic-Republican
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Federalist Party
  • Secretary of State
  • War of 1812
  • Treaty of Ghent
  • Second Barbary War
  • Impressment

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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