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Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan

Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
Constitutional Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan
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The Constitutional Convention: Major Issues lesson plan is based on the 7th grade NYS social studies curriculum and standards. It uses different ability levels for the vocabulary and the note sheets to differentiate instruction.

Below is the vocabulary included:

1. Constitution: definitions are provided
2. Republic:
3. Bicameral:
4. Unicameral:
5. Legislative:
6. Executive:
7. Judiciary:
8. Apportionment:

These are the essential questions that included:

1. Why was a new constitution necessary?
2. What were the four major issues focused on by the Constitutional Convention?

The following is the content included in the notes:

1. Constitutional Convention: Setting and Composition
2. Major Issues: Limits of Power: National versus State (Virginia Plan and New Jersey Plan)
3. Major Issues: Representation: Slaves and Apportionment (Slave States and Free States)
4. Major Issues: Electoral Procedures (Direct and Indirect Election)
5. Major Issues: Rights of Individuals (Federalists versus Anti-Federalists)


There are links included in the notes. This was last revised on 11/4/2013. All links worked on that day. I cannot guarantee links because I do not control the internet. Thank you in advance for rating, commenting and following me. If you choose to comment on this lesson plan, please be as specific as possible so that other teachers know why you rated it the way you did. Specific comments also help me become a better teacher and writer. The lesson plan will take approximately 109 minutes or two days. The lesson plan includes the following sections:

1. Lesson Plan
2. 3 Ability Levels of Vocabulary Sheets
3. Enriched Note Sheet
4. Basic Note Sheet
5. Critical Thinking Activity (mixed ability level grouping; not differentiated)

Please download the preview to see the lesson plan.


There is a PowerPoint that can go along with this but it is sold separately. You can find the PowerPoint by going here: Constitution Convention Major Issues PowerPoint


There is also a bundle that will save you time and money that includes both the PowerPoint and the lesson plan. You can find that by going here: Constitutional Convention Major Issues Bundle

This is part of an even larger CONSTITUTION UNIT BUNDLE. You save $27.00 when you purchase the unit bundle instead of each piece individually! You can find it here: Constitution Unit BUNDLE Common Core & Differentiated Instruction


Constitution Convention: Major Issues Lesson Plan by Kasha Mastrodomenico is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com.
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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
2 days
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