Do your students complain that history is boring? This three-week unit will make the US Constitution accessible, meaningful, engaging for your students. Furthermore, I’ve designed it to be extremely easy to teach.
Why I created this unit
Table of Contents
Part 1: Context for the Constitutional Convention
- The Articles of Confederation— identify the strengths and weaknesses (informative article, task cards, classifying worksheet)
- 6 Key Concepts—describe key concepts: popular sovereignty, limited government, republicanism, federalism, separation of powers, checks & balances (student booklet, sorting cards, game)
Part 2: Events of the Constitutional Convention
- Simulation: Become a Delegate—assume a fictional identity as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention (article, identity cards, delegate character sketch, and more)
- Simulation: Choosing Representatives—in a simulated Constitutional Convention, debate and vote on how congressional representations should be chosen (arguments for both sides, student worksheets, informative article)
- Simulation: Representation in Congress—in a simulated Constitutional Convention, debate and vote on how states should be represented in Congress (arguments for both sides, student worksheets, informative article)
- Simulation: Presidential Terms—in a simulated Constitutional Convention, debate and vote on how long presidential terms should be (arguments for both sides, student worksheets, informative article)
- The US Constitution and Slavery—identify sections of the Constitution which permitted slavery and how these sections affected the nation (informative article, graphic organizer, opinion writing)
- Ratification of the Constitution—identify primary source quotes as Federalist or Antifederalist arguments (informative article, primary sources, student posters, reflection sheet)
Part 3: The Constitution and the US Government
- Be a Constitution Detective—use the Constitution to summarize the main idea of each section and answer questions about the US government (puzzle pieces, student worksheet)
- The Preamble—translate and illustrate the Preamble (task cards & recording sheet, student-created posters, preamble cut apart for memorizing)
- Three Branches of Government—explain how power is separated between the three branches of government (posters/anchor charts, matching worksheet, card game)
- Federal, State, and Local Governments—list and analyze the powers of the federal and state governments and research elected officials (graphic organizers game, research elected leaders worksheet)
- The Bill of Rights—interpret and teach about the Bill of Rights (worksheet for analyzing each Bill of Right, amendment rap, main idea worksheets, cards for acting out the Bill of Rights)
- Amendments—categorize the amendments and create my own amendment (amendments timeline, amendments chart, create my own amendment worksheet)
- The Constitution in Your Daily Life—explain how the Constitution affects me in my daily life and analyze The American’s Creed (teacher guide, situations worksheet, writing about The American’s Creed)
The US Constitution Unit Help For The Teacher
- Table of contents (also available in the preview)
- Suggested pacing guide
- 15 lesson plans
- Answer Keys (Of course!)
- Editable end-of-unit test and study guide
- Easy printing file with all student worksheets and articles
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