American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project

American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
American Government / Civics Constitutional Issues Research Paper Project
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Culminate your American Government / Civics students’ skill building and critical thinking in a highly scaffolded research paper project that gives them a choice of 3 different Constitutional issues:

- Electoral College
- 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship
- Natural born citizenship requirement for Presidents


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Greatness is deeply exploring a controversial issue in order to develop, articulate, and persuade a thoughtful, supported position.

The Constitution, though created with enormous foresight and enlightened values, was still written in a time of even more so enormous inequality and simultaneous admiration and disgust for English rule. Over two hundred years later, it’s astounding that really only a few issues are at the forefront of debate for whether or not an official change is due.

Facilitate your students on their quest through the compelling constitutional issue of their choice as they research, decide, and defend their position in a formal research paper that answers the overarching question, “Is it time for a 28th Amendment?”

You will set each of your students up for success in this no-prep project, regardless of ability, with all the highly scaffolded graphic organizers, skill sheets, and supplemental sources included at each step of the way.

Empower your students to be the self-guided questioners, researchers, and writers that make our profession worth it!


Included in this compete research project unit:

Teacher Notes
- Unit overview and detailed daily lesson plans from initial brainstorming to submission day

Student Materials
- Project Check Off- break everything down into 6 manageable steps
- Concept Definition- deeply define “amendment,” “electoral college,” “president,” “citizenship”
- Evolving Position- organize “For” and “Against” arguments and own beliefs
- Going to the Source- closely read and analyze the U.S. Constitution’s language and Founding Father’s rationales
- Research Kick Off- brainstorm search keywords and sources
- TASTED Source Research- thoroughly analyze and evaluate each source
- Research Homepage- keep track of evidence found
- Essay Body Outline- develop and organized paragraphs
- Introduction & Conclusion Rough Draft- develop strong opening and closing paragraphs
- Reflection and Rubrics- connect performance to standards (comes in CCSS-aligned & generic)

Additional Resources
- 7 Skill Sheets: Annotating a Text, TASTED News Media Analysis, Finding Appropriate Sources, Google News vs. Proquest, Citation Annotated, Sample Research Paper Formatting, Research Paper Peer / Self Edit Sheet
- Supplemental Resources with a library of 8 news articles, editorials, and government resources for EACH of the 3 issues to start and support students in their research

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Total Pages
61 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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