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SS.7.C.1.2 - Influences on the Colonists' Views of Government

What You Need to Know:

Student Reading Review for SS.7.C.1.2

Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense had on colonists’ views of government.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will identify the important ideas contained in the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Common Sense. Read more!
  • Students will evaluate the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Common Sense had on the purposes of government. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which documents influenced the colonists' views of government?

A. Common Sense, Articles of Confederation, Declaration of the Rights of Man

B. Virginia Declaration of Rights, Common Sense, Bill of Rights

C. Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Common Sense

D. Magna Carta, Iroquois Constitution, Common Sense


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The diagram below shows that the colonists formed some of their political views from some historical documents.


Which phrase completes the diagram?

A. separation of powers

B. economic freedom

C. self-government

D. individual rights


Example Three (High Complexity)

The passage below was written by Thomas Paine in his 1776 pamphlet, Common Sense.


Based on this passage, how is the author's view reflected in the U.S. political system?

A. The monarchy creates limited government.

B. The monarchy supports self-government.

C. Representatives are appointed.

D. Representatives are elected.


C.1.2 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Common Sense (total length 2:43) from 18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History: 1767-1783
  • The Declaration of Rights (total length 0:36) from the The Declaration of Independence: A Foundation of Ideas for a New Age
  • King George Rejects Petition for Peace: Thomas Paine's Common Sense (total length 2:36, only watch 1:15-2:25) from The American Revolution: Rebellion and Preparing to Fight
  • The Magna Carta: Checks and Balances on Power, Medieval England, 1215 (total length 1:04) from The American Revolution: From Colonies to Constitution: Shaping the New Nation
  • The Mayflower Compact: The Birth of Self-Government in America 1620 (total length 1:13) from the American Revolution: From Colonies to Constitution: Shaping the New Nation
  • Thomas Paine and the American Revolution (total length 1:16) from World History: The Modern Era

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 2, Section 2 - p. 34-37

Chapter 2, Section 3 - p. 43-48

Chapter 3, Section 1 - p. 86-91