Machiavelli Mini-lesson

Lesson Plan

This mini-lesson looks at the ideas and writings of the Italian thinker and politician, Niccoló Machiavelli (1429-1527).  


  • Identify the ideas of various pre-Enlightenment thinkers who influenced America’s founders.
  • Analyze the ideas behind America’s founding documents.
  • Recognize how various individuals and groups contributed to the development of the U.S. government.
  • Big Ideas: Machiavelli, realism, The Prince, the end justifies the means, Discourses on Livy, balanced government, republic, monarchy