This PowerPoint presentation guides students through events culminating with the completion of the Constitution in September 1787. The presentation opens with a discussion on why the Constitution was needed in the first place (Shays' Rebellion, economic issues, weak central government, issues with foreign powers). Students will explore the different personalities at the Constitutional Convention (Benjamin Franklin, George Washington), and will take special note of who was absent (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry). From there, students will examine the differences between the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan, the various aspects of the final compromise, and then consider next steps (state ratification). The presentation closes with a picture of the chair occuiped by Benjamin Franklin during the Convention and a discussion of whether the sun depicted on the neck of the chair represents a rising Sun or a setting Sun.
The presentation uses a Calibri font (which can be adjusted as needed), and is saved using an Office 97-2003 format. Convention and Compromise by Brian Hook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
After teaching government and economics at the high school level for two years, it was definitely eye-opening to be placed in front of middle school students. But, ten years later, I am having a blast teaching US History and World History!