Tyranny and the Rule of Law

Proposed Great Seal of the United States: "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God." Drawing. by Benson Lossing, for Harper's New Monthly Magazine, July 1856. General Collections, Library of Congress

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In this 10th grade lesson, students will define tyranny by examining a variety of primary sources. They will then consider how early American leaders’ fear of tyranny and preference for the rule of law influenced the development of our own system of government.This lesson includes a number of strategies designed to improve student reading comprehension, writing ability, and critical thinking, such as the ability to cite specific textual evidence in support of a thesis, defining vocabulary within context, and writing arguments. It also supports the development of collaborative, interpretative, and productive English Language development.