This inquiry focuses on Shays' Rebellion. It's a fantastic inquiry that stays true to the inquiry process with an approach the fits with the real world classroom.
Shays' Rebellion encouraged the call for a Constitutional Convention in 1787. However, the rebellion itself is often only mentioned as a footnote to the story of the Articles of Confederation. I think that this is a mistake. With this inquiry, the students investigate the reasons for Shays' Rebellion and the response. At the end of the inquiry, the students design a monument for Daniel Shays, and with this monument design, the students must think about long-standing themes in U.S. History - freedom, rebellion, and heroism. My students were all able to come up with unique ideas for their monuments, ones that really explored why Daniel Shays rebelled, and the implications for his rebellion.
This inquiry includes three formative lessons - ones that review content and practice Common Core skills. The Unit is specifically tied to the following standards:
New York State - Social Studies Framework
7.4a - Throughout the American Revolution, the colonies struggled to address their differing social, political, and economic interests and to establish unity. The Articles of Confederation created a form of government that loosely united the states, but allowed states to maintain a large degree of sovereignty.
New York State - Social Studies Practices
Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence
Comparison and Contextualization
The summative assessment includes project directions, scaffolding questions, and a rubric for assessment. The unit is linked with the NYS Social Studies framework, Common Core Anchor Standards, and the Social Studies Practices for NYS. I created this lesson plan in a style similar to those written and posted by C3teachers.org.
This product includes:
- A 3-page lesson plan tied with NYS standards and common core (PDF, PowerPoint and link to Google Slides version)
- 3 formative lessons, a Historical Background reading, doodle notes with an emoji activity about the Articles of Confederation, a primary source activity where students compare perspectives on the rebellion
- The summative assessment project where students design a monument to Daniel Shays. Complete with an outline and rubric.
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