TO THE TEACHER
The Constitution is a challenge for students and teachers. The GET THE FACTS PACKET I have developed and used for years in my classroom makes things easier for the students and me. I designed the packet and narrowed the information in the U.S. Constitution to the basics I thought middle school students could comprehend. The questions in the packet are simple and fact seeking and give students a basic comprehension of the Constitution.
The packet contains 6 lessons:
1. General Information & Preamble
2. Article I
3. Article II
4. Article III - VII
5. Amendments I-X (Bill of Rights)
6. Amendments XI-XXVII
7. Six Student Quizzes
(1 for each lesson)
TEACHING THE PACKET
Basically, you are a coach. Discuss the study of the Constitution with the students and explain how they will be attacking the study of the document. Handout the General Information Packet and read through the directions with the students. Have them locate their copy of the Constitution and begin working. You might do General Information with them and have them try the Preamble on their own.
After the students complete a lesson in the packet, the teacher needs to review the materials in that lesson with the class. I use transparencies, with correct and additional information on them, as I go through the lesson. I did not include transparencies because I think you need to make them yourself with the information you want your students to have. USE THE SHEETS FROM THE GET THE FACTS PACKET TO MAKE THE TRANSPARENCIES.
Each lesson includes completion questions about the Constitution. Answers are not provided. Students must find the answers in a copy of the Constitution from their textbook. It would be great if the Constitution was a teaching copy with explanations of some of the language in the document. If the students don’t have textbooks, you will have to provide copies of the Constitution. Encourage students to also use chapters in the text that further explain government & the Constitution.
I teach the GET THE FACTS Packet using STUDY GROUPS. The groups are composed of struggling students and students who understood the materials. This allows the struggling students to get the information and the other students to learn through teaching. QUIZZES are sometimes individual and sometimes group. THE FINAL EXAM IS ALWAYS INDIVIDUAL.
There is a quiz that goes with each lesson. You can use them or not use them. You can also use them as REVIEW SHEETS and to make the Final Exam. I did not PROVIDE a final exam because I like to make my own, along with REVIEW SHEETS, so I can gear the test to what I emphasize. I assume you do to.
Another handy tool in the What's That? series from CK Teaching Aids providing quick lessons on common Literature and Social Studies topics.
You may also want our other Constitution packets:
*Constitutional Convention; Meet the Delegates - What's That?
*Constitution of the United States: Founding Principles - What's That?
* Constitution of the United States: Compromises