This 36-page document is a series of notes about the American Government, written specifically with respect to the Constitution. The notes are presented with bold text headers. I included the sources I used, such as the transcript of the US Constitution available at the National Archives, so you and your students will know I'm not just making this stuff up!
Topics discussed include:
-"Introduction to the Constitution" (Constitutional Convention, Concerns of the Anti-Federalists, Ratification of the Constitution, Checks and Balances)
-Article I: The Legislative Branch (Senators, Representatives, Qualifications to be both, Powers and checks on those powers)
-Article II: The Executive Branch (President and Cabinet, Qualifications, Powers and checks on those powers, Line of Succession)
-Article III: The Judicial Branch (Court system, "Who's who" in the courtroom, Importance of Supreme Court decisions, Qualifications to be a Justice)
-The Rest of the Story: Articles 4 - 7 (Powers of states in Article 4, Amendments in Article 5, Supreme Law declaration in Article 6, Ratification in Article 7)
Each of these sections has a worksheet and answer key.
This study is fairly in-depth, so I used it after our state testing. The students really enjoyed it, especially the discussions that resulted!
I found that each session took me about 2 - 2.5 hours. This included time to distribute the notes and read and discuss them. (They had some interesting questions!) I had the students paste their notes in their History notebooks, and I found it's best to print the notes beforehand and trim them BEFORE giving them to the students. You're MUCH faster with a paper cutter than they are with scissors!
I included spaces for the students to write the names of their Senators and Representatives, the President and his Cabinet, and the Supreme Court Justices. These names can be easily found at:
Congresspeople = https://beta.congress.gov/members
President & Cabinet = http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet
Justices = http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx
Thanks for looking! I hope you find this useful. :)