11th grade US History almost always begins with examining the founding documents, and for good reason. Yet, they're some of the most challenging documents students will read all year! If you're looking for an engaging way for your students to take on the challenge of reading and actually understanding the Declaration of Independence & Constitution, these lesson plans are for you!
In this resource, there are 6 lessons intended for 50-60 minute class periods. If your students tend to struggle with reading, it might take a few extra days.
What to Expect:
- Day One: Students will ease into the topic of government by creating their own Island Governments! It's engaging and leads to insightful discussions on the role of gov't in our lives. Island Government Activity worksheet provided.
- Day Two: Students will have answer thoughtful warm up questions to prepare them to learn about the Declaration of Independence. The teacher will have a PPT slide giving a bit of background on this important document including an Essential Question for the day, and then students will jigsaw sections of the Declaration of Independence to read and interpret. Warm Up & Declaration worksheets & PPT slides provided.
- Days Three-Four: Students will interpret the Preamble through an engaging activity. The teacher will give a short, interactive lecture on Issues at the Constitutional Convention for the students. Students will problem solve for major issues at the convention in groups. Then students will receive a copy of the Constitution & complete a Constitution Scavenger Hunt. Preamble, PPT, Student Fill-In Notes for the PPT, the Constitution, & the Scavenger Hunt (& Teacher Answer Key) provided. Note: Bill of Rights & Amendments NOT included here, but try this lesson.
- Day Five: Students will create in-depth posters on the 3 branches of government as outlined in the Constitution and supplemented with their own research. Poster Directions & Rubric Provided.
- Day Six: Students will complete their posters and then create connections between the Constitution & the Declaration of Independence. They will complete an engaging activity on that topic. Worksheet provided.
- Lesson plans that guide you through each day.
- Student access to computers & the internet
- Poster Paper (one per group)
- Dictionaries (suggested)
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