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CONSTITUTION DAY SCAVENGER HUNT: A Primary Source Analysis
To better understand the basic information within the U.S. Constitution, students will browse through this primary source document and find the main ideas regarding the 7 Articles and 27 Amendments. Included are 17 questions about the articles, and 27 questions about the amendments. All questions
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U.S. Constitution Preamble Worksheet DBQ: Students Write Preamble in Own Words
With this worksheet, students will learn about the history and purpose of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America. They will also learn to engage with the language of primary documents. For this activity, the Preamble is broken down into manageable sections. Students will b
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U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights Worksheet DBQ: Read and Understand
With this worksheet, students will learn about the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. They will also learn to engage with the language of primary documents. For this activity, the students will read the actual words of the Bill of Rights. They will then answer fill-in
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Native American Government: How did it Influence the US Constitution? Mystery!
Native American Government: How did it Influence the US Constitution? Mystery! In this highly-engaging activity, students investigate how the Iroquois Confederacy (Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora) influenced the Founding Fathers and the United States Constitution! Students e

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DBQ Constitution - Common Core DBQ Activity
Get your students investigating how the Constitution is a superior document to the Articles of Confederation with this versatile document based questions packet. This Common Core resource packet has a mini-DBQ that is designed to be similar to the New York Regents exam (Why?...Because New York has b
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Constitution Primary Source Original Document Study Analysis
Analyzing primary sources in an essential component of study in any social studies class. This document study guide helps students to actively explore the constitution. Guide includes questions covering the preamble, the Articles (1-7) as well as the Amendments. Copy of U.S. Constitution is not i
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Roots to the Constitution: Unit Bundle Common Core Ready
This unit is fully loaded, very engaging and highly rigorous. Students will analyze primary source documents, informational text, visuals and practice evidence based-writing. All lessons include PowerPoints, detailed instructions, level 2 and 3 DOK (Depth of Knowledge) questions that align with the
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DBQ Constitution Debate--Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
One of the most interesting topics in any U.S. History class is the development and ratification of the Constitution. This packet includes documents that guide students towards answering the question, "Should the Constitution be ratified?" The question is posed in the present tense, because ideall
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Ratification of the U.S. Constitution: Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
This DBQ provides several documents, including numerous primary sources (Federalist Papers, Brutus), and relevant background information on the battle between federalists and antifederalists to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Students should work with a partner or in small groups to work through the d
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DBQ - Creating the Constitution
This DBQ asks students to analyze the different compromises made during the creation of the Constitution of the United States. This was designed for my 8th grade GATE students however it is suitable for high school or college students.
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The Bill of Rights Fun Analogy Worksheet (Constitution Day activity)
Make Constitution Day or a lesson on the Bill of Rights FUN with this analogy worksheet! Students are challenged to figure out which amendment either protects or violates the rights of some of their favorite fairy tale and movie characters! This DBQ handout works great as either an individual, par
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CONSTITUTION DAY SCAVENGER HUNT: Google Drive Edition
To better understand the basic information within the U.S. Constitution, students will browse through the constitution and find the main ideas regarding the 7 Articles and the 27 Amendments. Included are 17 questions about the articles, and 27 questions about the amendments. All questions (except
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The Constitution 20 Bellringers Warm Ups - DBQ
Overview of the Constitution. History Bellringers. Civics Bellringers. Organization of the Constitution, Parts of the Constitution, James Madison, Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, the Anti-Federalists, Anti-Federalism, The Great Compromise, Human Nature, Founding Fathers' View o
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Constitution Activities
This includes a version of the Constitution & Bill of Rights that has questions and vocab embedded into it. It also includes an activity that dissects the goals of the Constitution as well as a quiz on the Constitution and Bill of Rights (with the answers).
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The Constitution: Analyzing the Major Elements
This .zip package is a collection of graphic organizers which can be made into a packet to help students break down different elements of the Constitution. Packet pages include: The Legislative Branch The Executive Branch The Judicial Branch Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances Federalism The
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Constitution Primary Source DBQ - Federalist Papers #10 & 51 DBQs
This is an in-depth and challenging assignment. Students will need to read, and demonstrate their understanding of two of the most significant Federalist essays in the Federalist Papers collection. I've taken several hours to go through the primary source document to excerpt it to make it more acces
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TEXAS CONSTITUTION DEBATE AND WRITING
Do your students understand the similarities and differences between the US and Texas Constitution? Dig deep into the different constitutions while your students explore the essential question “Texas or the US – Who does it better?” through primary sources and background essays. Students will be

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Constitution of the United States and its Amendments Break In Activity
Constitution of the USA Break In To History Activity In a Breakout room, people are locked in a room, and need to solve a set of riddles/clues in order to discover the key to leave the room. Since we can't lock students into classrooms in America, we Break IN instead. Solve a set of historical ri
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Constitution DBQ Bell Ringers
DBQ Bell Ringers for the Constitution are a great way to start off each class with students thinking critically. 10 Bell Ringers or buy the entire 8th Grade DBQ Bell Ringers and SAVE!!!!! Through the use of primary and secondary sources students will have a rigorous bell ringer. Great 5-10 minute
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Revolution Constitution Early Nation Era Primary Source Activity 6-Pack
Challenge your students to go past the idealized narrative of the Revolution and Constitution Eras and weigh the arguments laid out by Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson in light of the pervasive inequality that existed for African, Native, and all women Americans in this engaging primary source coll
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Did the Constitution Strengthen or Weaken Democracy? Discussion and DBQ
This handout includes a week to two week's worth of materials to support students in answering the essential question, "Did the Constitution strengthen or weaken democracy in America?" It includes excerpts of a lecture defining democracy from a leading expert in the field, clips from the Constituti
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Constitution Document Based Questions DBQ (American History)
Constitution Document Based Questions DBQ This practice will allow your students to dig deep and analyze the various aspects of the Constitution. The format will have students analyze 4 documents, answer 4 short answer questions, and then there is a writing extension with a rubric. It is also f

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The Constitution Review and Test Critical Thinking
Assessing Critical Thinking in Social Studies! This purchase includes two different versions of an assessment for the 4 lessons in my Constitution unit and a review worksheet for the entire unit.  Those lessons are: ☆ The Constitutional Convention  ☆ The Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branche

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9th Pillar - Political Cartoon Approving U.S. Constitution DBQ
Political cartoon of the importance of Virginia and New York in passage of the U.S. Constitution. Cartoon is used with a response to literature format. Write a paragraph based on the document. Excellent way to incorporate writing with PSD. Meets several CCS-WLA.
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"Constitution Cafe" Lesson Plan Template and Grading Rubric for Ch. Prez
A critical thinking guide and lesson plan template for student group presentations of various chapters of Christopher Phillips' "Constitution Cafe" which purports the U.S. Constitution needs to be re-written by a diverse group of common people. Grading rubric included.
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Japan Primary Source - The Constitution of Prince Shotoku (w guiding questions)
This download includes primary sources FIVE described below. Each document fits perfectly on one page (or one paper, front and back) for easy printing. Each document comes in both PDF and MS WORD format. Each piece also has text-dependent questions to help students through the reading. Enjoy!
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US Constitution Analysis Essay Packet
This project packet can be completed in a just a couple days or spread out over an extended amount of time. It includes pre-reading analysis questions, an essay organizer, and an essential question. It is designed to plan and reflect on the US Constitution through a five-paragraph nonfiction essay.
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The US Constitution: The Ratificaiton Debate DBQ
A document based activity examining the reasons anti-federalists used to argue against the proposed Constitution. The reading in the activity comes from the Reasons for Dissent, published in 1788.
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Constitutional Close Reading
I personally believe it is important for our students to read the foundational documents that established American democracy. Unfortunately, some early founding documents can be difficult for students to process and analyze due to the reading levels and the density of the text. To that end, I have e
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The USS Constitution in the War of 1812 Primary Source Analysis
Students read an account from the War of 1812 of the USS Constitution battling the British Guerriere (when it became known as 'Old Ironsides'), answer 11 questions, and complete 3 creative tasks (museum exhibit, 2 part poster from two time periods, and news headlines). The answers are included wher
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Constitutions Activity
This activity and document packet is perfect for teachers covering: 1. The end of WWII and Japanese/US relations 2. Napoleon and Period 2 of the AP European History curriculum 3. The Middle Ages and the Magna Carta 4. South Africa and the end of Apartheid Included are excerpts from: - the Magna C
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Is Southern Secession Constitutional? Primary Sources Activity Packet
Sample this product for FREE here. Though the Constitution does not explicitly address the issue of secession, some of its text may be interpreted to deem secession lawful. One's opinion on this matter will largely depend on how he/she sees the relationship between the federal government and the st
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The US Constitution Scavenger Hunt
This is a scavenger hunt / guided reading activity that will acquaint students with the US Constitution and its general guidelines. The entire Constitution is needed for this activity (in most US / Government text books) They must find the answer to the question / clue and include where they found
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Hosting a Debate using DBQ materials:  Should the New Constitution be Approved?
In this activity, students will be preparing document cards for their in class debate on the topic of the U.S. Constitution. The Document Based Question posed is, Should the New Constitution be Approved. Students were given 3 in class work days, to read through a DBQ packet, research additional so
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Comparing Constitutions
This is a packet of excerpts from constitutions. It has excerpts from the following: 1. The Magna Carta 2. The Napoleonic Code 3. The 1945 Japanese Constitution 4. The Constitution of South Africa Students can read these excerpts and determine how the relationship between the government and the gov
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U.S. History Lab: Ratification of the U.S. Constitution SS.8.A.3.11
Ratification of the U.S. Constitution U.S. History Lab Standard: SS.8.A.3.11 Analyze support and opposition (Federalists, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalists, Bill of Rights) to ratification of the U.S. Constitution.       Essential Question: Should the Constitution have been ratified in 1787
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"Constitution Cafe" Ch. 1 and Ch. 2 Discussion Ticket-Out-the-Door
Discussion questions aimed at guiding students' critical thinking through Ch. 1 and Ch. 2 of Christopher Phillips' "Constitutional Cafe." Chapters are entitled "Constitutional Cafe" and "In the Beginning."
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US History Unit 1 Lesson 3 Iroqouis Nation v. US Constitution DBQ
socialstudieslessons.net lesson in which students compare the Iroquois Constitution to the United States Constitution by answering document based questions which analyze excerpts of both.
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Comparing Primary Sources: Mayflower Compact and US Constitution
I use this lesson each Constitution Day as it ties well with the early settlement unit I teach at that time. Students analyze the text structure and ideas in the Mayflower Compact and US Constitution. It can be completed individually for students in higher grades, or with small groups for students
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AP US History Period 3:  Drafting of the Constitution
In this two-day lesson, students will learn that the structure and drafting of the Constitution took some time due to the division between delegates representing the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to explain why a new constitution was necessary for
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Analyzing the Constitution Set
This document set includes three levels of adaptation of the powers of the Constitution, covering Article 1 (sections 8-9), Article 2 (sections 2-4), and Article 3 (sections 2-3). The original text of the Constitution is at a 1560 Lexile level. The fully modified text is at an 860 Lexile level. The
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Thesis Writing Practice- Ratifying the Constitution
Using Documents from the time of the writing of the new US Constitution, student will answer guided questions and then create two opposing thesis statements.
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"Constitution Cafe" Ch. 11 Ticket-Out-the-Door Discussion
This is a Word doc file that examines the reason Christopher Phillips wrote "Constitutional Cafe." It guides students through Ch. 11 to determine Phillips' thesis as well as Jefferson's. Key included. Several other chapter discussions are also listed, plus a structured outline and writing activity f
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"Constitution Cafe" Ch. 3 and Ch. 5 Ticket-Out-the-Door Discussion
Socratic discussion questions for student discussion groups for Christopher Phillips' "Constitution Cafe" examining the belief that a republic will exist only with and because of an educated populace. Loaded with direct quotes from ThJefferson as well as links that document the average American's h
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The Ratification of the US Constitution DBQ/Extended Response
The document based question/extended response is designed to assess your students' knowledge of the ratification of the US Constitution.
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DBQ Constitution Ratification Argumentative Writing Organizers
Guide your students through the process of writing an organized Document Based Question (DBQ) Argumentative Essay about whether to support or oppose ratification of the United States Constitution. Writing organizers include: -DBQ Support/Oppose T-Chart -DBQ Argumentative Essay Graphic Organizer -DB
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Beccaria on Capital Punishment (Constitution)
This is an excerpt from the Introduction of an article on Beccaria's influence on the death penalty. The Text-based questions on page 2 range in DOK level and have students compare the Constitution to his ideas. I do this as a class with my 7th graders, but would be a good challenge for older studen
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Principles of the US Constitution
Students will use this presentation of images, videos, and text to learn about popular sovereignty, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and limited government. Included is the student note sheet and the completed answer packet.
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Constitution Graphic Organizer
This is a fun way for an introduction to the constitution. The students can complete them self for a flipped assignment or do as notes in class. It can be edited and also grate to cut the edges and paste in the interactive notebook. This will help them organize their thoughts so they can analyze thi
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US History - Primary & Secondary Sources - The Constitution & George Washington
Twenty short-answer questions based on primary and secondary sources about the early history of the USA (Articles of Confederation, US Constitution, Whiskey Rebellion, and Presidency of George Washington). These 14 pages of questions are aligned with the New York State Regents exam, however, they ca
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Powers of the Constitution 860L
This modified text includes Articles 1 (Section 8-9), Article 2 (Sections 2-4), and Article 3 (Section 2-3) of the United States Constitution. The original text and adapted text are laid out side by side for transparency of the modifications. The original text is scored at a 1560 Lexile level; modif
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Document Based Question DBQ Constitution Ratification T-Chart
Begin the brainstorming process to write an organized DBQ Argumentative Essay on the ratification of the United States Constitution with this t-chart. See also DBQ Constitution Ratification Writing Organizers for more resources to guide your students through the DBQ Essay writing process including
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