The unit is broken down into five topics: Principles of the Constitution, Roots of Government, Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, and Federalist v. Anti-Federalist. Each topic has lessons that introduce, review and enrich the information.
*Principles of the Constitution:
-Note taking chart with different copies for multiple abilities.
-Word Wall with task cards
-Review chart for students to gather information for a stations activity.
-Find it in the world around you activity. Getting students to make connections to their learning by taking selfies of the principles in work around them.
*Roots of Government:
-Manipulative with explanations of the founding ideas and documents.
-2 different interactive spiral charts for gathering information.
-Name that quote activity. You are given two options. One that is self-directed and the other has the students up out of their seats racing to the correct placard.
-Annotation Rules Sheet for students to refer too.
-Declaration of Independence- chunked and annotated for students to dissect it for future use.
** Parts of this topic can be purchased separately here.
*Articles of Confederation:
-Circle Map for students to brainstorm their ideas on what is needed for a strong national government.
-Background reading about the Articles directions on creating a flow map from the reading.
-Flow map for ELL and SPED students
-Strengths and Weaknesses practice. Students read a power and determine who has the power then explain how that impacts the national power.
-Trifold Reading of Shay Rebellion for students to annotate and add to their spiral notes.
-Background reading of what occurred and the compromises that were reached.
-Tree Map of a handful of the delegates that attended.
-Activity that breaks down the Constitution into chunks for reading and comparison.
-Comparison double bubble of the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation.
*Federalist v. Anti-Federalist:
-Two readings that explain the differences between the two groups. Perfect for students to create a t-chart in their spirals.
-Quote Challenge. Students will determine which group said what. Then they will have to explain what context clues helped them.
-Word Wall of Commonly mistaken words with task cards
-What is needed in a president- activity
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