Through this collaborative learning activity, students simulate the challenges faced by the delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Prior to this activity, students were introduced to the Articles of Confederation, The Great Compromise and The Three-Fifths Compromise. This activity serves as an opportunity to apply this learning through adopting the role of delegates from the 12 states that attended the convention. The teacher guides students through five (5) steps which together encompass this learning activity.
Part 1: Introduction (A Letter from James Madison read aloud by the teacher)
Part 2: Applying learning from the previous class. This should be focused on introducing students to the Articles of Confederation, The Great Compromise and The Three-Fifths Compromise.
Part 3: Analyzing a primary source document (U.S. Census data from 1790)
Part 4: Tally sheet (pairs of students take turns sharing out their states position on issues related to the compromises by completing a graphic organizer)
Part 5: Reflection questions (an assessment of student learning)
In sum, this activity promotes critical thinking while also honoring the diverse learning needs that characterize our classrooms today.