William Blackstone: Mini-Lesson

Lesson Plan

In this mini-lesson, students learn how William Blackstone and his Commentaries on the Laws of England influenced America’s founders, founding documents, and legal system.


  • Identify William Blackstone and his influence on America’s government and legal system
  • Analyze the ideas behind America’s founding documents
  • Recognize how various individuals contributed to the development of the U.S. government