Personal Note: My students LOVED this project. I used it after teaching the American Revolution and before introducing the Articles of Confederation. There was a LOT of debating among the groups, even though I let them choose the groups! Be prepared for this activity to last several classes, as students will debate the issues for as long as you let them. It was a great introduction for the Constitutional Convention, as I reminded them of how difficult it was for their groups of 3-4 to form a government... so just imagine what the Convention was like!
This versatile activity could be used for teaching about the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, or really just about anything related to government!
Geared for middle and high school students, this activity asks students to work in groups to create a new country - everything from its name, flag, to its inner-workings (laws, government structure, leaders, etc). Students can create a poster to present to class, and then vote which country they'd like to live in most!