I'm going to tell you about the three principles the Constitution was based on. The first principle was the Separation of Powers, which was the divided powers of the Legislative branch, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch. The second principle was the system of Checks and Balances, which meant that each branch had some authority over the other branches, limiting power in each branch. It assured that the branches would have to work together. The third was the principle of Shared Powers, which meant that the federal government shared some powers with the state government. There are seven articles of the Constitution. Article One outlines the Legislative branch. Article Two lays out the frame ment of the executive branch. Article Three outlines the Judicial branch. Article Four talks about the relationship between the federal government and the states. Article Five explains how the Constitution can be changed. Article Six makes it clear that the Constitution is the Supreme Law, which means that the states can't make laws against the Constitution. Article Seven says that the Constitution will go into effect when it is ratified by nine states.