Are your students struggling to understand the Constitutional Convention? Want to include more interactive experiences in your classroom? This product has everything you need to hold a Constitutional debate in your classroom!
This is a hit every year in my classroom, and always helps students understand the topic in a more meaningful way. The activity is designed to follow a unit on the Articles of Confederation and the making of the U.S. Constitution. Students spend a couple of days preparing their arguments for a debate featuring the different perspectives of large and small states. On the day of the debate, students receive a name-tag with the name of a delegate from the Convention, and a letter from George Washington.
This product includes differentiated materials
, including versions with more scaffolding for struggling learners, and translated materials for Spanish speakers.
The product includes:
1. Debate Prep Forms (See below for more information)
2. Name-tags with names of historical delegates
3. Letters from George Washington, addressed to delegates of all 12 states that attended the Convention (includes population # and identifies the state as large or small)
4. State name-tents, for the teacher to arrange in the classroom
5. Voting form for students
6. Response forms in English and Spanish for students who are uncomfortable speaking aloud
7. Review Questions
8. PowerPoint Presentation to display throughout the debate
9. Teacher Script
10. Directions for use
Debate Prep Forms-
For students to prepare their arguments for the debate (Includes scaffolded materials including a version in Spanish)
1. Should the Convention make small changes to the Articles of Confederation or replace them with something new?
2. What kind of leadership should we have?
3. What groups (branches) should have power in this new government?
4. How should the states be represented in Congress?
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