Founding Docs: Articles of Confederation Research & Debate Lesson!

Founding Docs: Articles of Confederation Research & Debate Lesson!
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498 KB|6 pages, 8 PPT slides
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  1. The Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights- so important for students to learn, yet it can be shall we say dry material to teach. It can be difficult to get students to buy in, take ownership of their learning, and understand the connections
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Hello there!

I used to lecture on and on about the Articles of Confederation. I would give the facts, and my students would memorize them, but there was little critical thinking involved. All that changed when I learned to flip the lesson, put the learning in the hands of my students, and give them the opportunity to grow in their research, argumentation, discussion, and debate skills!

In this two day (minimum) lesson, students will:

  • Complete a Warm Up (worksheet provided)
  • Know what they're meant to learn through an Essential Question
  • Complete Student Fill-In Notes for two brief lecture slides on the background of the Articles of Confederation (worksheet & PPT slides provided)
  • Research the Articles of Confederation to prepare for a debate on the necessity (or lack thereof) of this first form of government for the U.S. (worksheet provided)
  • Prepare for the mini debate with their teams and divide roles: opening statement, rebuttal/counter, closing (worksheet provided)
  • Engage in a mini debate with their peers (grading rubric provided)
  • Reflect on the Articles of Confederation after the debate (worksheet provided)

Lesson plans are provided as well!

Materials Needed:

  • Access to computers for research

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Total Pages
6 pages, 8 PPT slides
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 days
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