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Creating the Constitution | Informative Writing Activity and Notes | U.S.

Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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Using this scaffolded writing assignment, students will learn about the disagreements the Founders had over the Articles of Confederation and the compromises they created to make the U.S. Constitution. Use the notes as an optional resource to help explain what happened at the Constitutional Convention. Middle and high school students alike will produce two written responses that outline the disagreements and agreements that the Federalists and Anti-Federalists reached during the Philadelphia Convention.

Use the notes to begin teaching the Constitution or use the assignment as a review to help reinforce concepts. This writing activity helps summarize the main ideas about how the Founders created the Constitution. The rubric, graphic organizer, and sample essay explicitly describe what students should include in their assignment.

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✅Teacher directions

✅Vocabulary terms and notes

→ Filled-in and guided notes

✅Disagreements About the Articles of Confederation

→Step by step directions

→Space to write final draft

→Graphic organizer


→Sample student response example

✅Compromises About the Articles of Confederation

→Step by step directions

→Space to write final draft

→Graphic organizer


→Sample student response example

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic; convey a knowledgeable stance in a style that responds to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
Introduce a topic and organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.


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