UNIT: The U.S. Constitution
1. The The Constitutional Convention Simulation (Compromises) is a Microsoft Word document that contains FIVE distinct sections of the simulation. Each section contains a brief (highlighted in RED) for the teacher.
DESCRIPTION: I utilized this learning activity after introducing my students to the Great Compromise and the Three-Fifths Compromise during the previous class. This simulation serves as 'hands on' activity through which students embody the roles and responsibility of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention.
The simulation contains five parts:
Part 1: Introduction (A Letter from James Madison)
Part 2: Applying our learning about the compromises from the previous class
Part 3: Working with a primary source document (U.S. Census data from 1790)
Part 4: Tally sheet
Part 5: Reflection questions (Exit Pass/Assessment)
Students work in pairs, taking on the role of delegates for each of the 12 states that attended the Constitutional Convention. They analyze data and apply their previous learning for the larger purpose of explaining their states' position regarding the New Jersey/Virginia Plans (state population) and slavery (north vs. south). The delegates share out at the end of the simulation while the other delegates complete a brief tally chart for each state. Finally, students work individually on the reflection questions at the end of the assignment. I used these as an Exit Pass (assessment) that students began in class and completed at home.