I want to use the study of Monarchy to discuss the theme of power with students. Thinking about what kinds of power a king or queen has and the good and bad they could do with that power, brings up many interesting questions, especially for those raised in a democracy. I would use the John Adams quote, “power must never be trusted without a check,” to further explore those questions. For instance, what if the monarch is great and those who would check them are bad?
Level: Elementary Social Studies
Subject Area: American History