James Madison

Week 8: James Madison


READ K – 3: A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison by David Adler and Michael Adler

 4 – 6: Father of the Constitution: A Story About James Madison by Barbara Mitchell

7 – 8:  James Madison (Revolutionary War Leaders) by Brent Kelley



  • James Madison became our country’s _________ president? (4th)
  • What war did Americans fight during James Madison’s presidency? (War of 1812)
  • What did the British do to Washington D.C. and the White House while James Madison was president? (burned it)
  • When James was young was the United States its own country? (No, it was 13 colonies that belonged to the British)
  • What important document did James Madison help write? (Constitution)
  • What was the name of James’ wife? (Dolley)
  • How did Dolley’s first husband die? (Yellow fever)

Questions for Grades  4 – 8: 

  • Describe what James Madison was like as a child? (shy, loved to read, sickly, quiet, “Falling Disease” – might have had epilepsy)
  • T/F As a child, James had slaves.  (True)
  • What important political figure did James have a strong friendship with? (Thomas Jefferson)
  • What important political figure did James not get along with? (Patrick Henry)
  • What problems were the states having under the Articles of Confederation? (each state had own money, no strong central government, states argued over border problems, central government couldn’t pay soldiers)
  • How many branches of government were in James Madison’s plan for the Constitution? (3: Executive, Legislative, & Judicial)
  • What was Montpelier? (James Madison’s home)
  • What important Bill did James work on after the Constitution? (Bill of Rights)


ACTIVITIES: K – 3: James Madison coloring page: http://www.usa-printables.com/Presidents/04-James-Madison/04-james-madison-03.htm

4 – 8:  Print and complete the James Madison Timeline worksheet by clicking here: James Madison Timeline Questions (pdf) or here: James Madison Timeline Questions (word document)


Copyright February 21st, 2014 by Gwen Fredette



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