This is the morning work I created for my class to complete throughout our New Nation/Government unit. In the beginning, they will utilize their resources to research the answers. As we progress through the unit, students could complete this on their own as a review. This could be used as a preteaching, homework, morning work, centers...the possibilities are endless! This could also be utilized if you are short on time and need a product to guide your teaching and serve as a “workbook” and/or notes for students to study.
~Identify the weaknesses of the government established by the Articles of Confederation.
~Identify the major leaders of the Constitutional Convention (James Madison and Benjamin Franklin) and describe the major issues they debated, including the rights of states, the Great Compromise (Virginia Plan and New Jersey Plan), and slavery.
~Identify the three branches of the U. S. government as outlined by the Constitution, describe what they do, how they relate to each other (checks and balances and separation of power), and how they relate to the states.
~Identify and explain the rights in the Bill of Rights, describe how the Bill of Rights places limits on the power of government, and explain the reasons for its inclusion in the Constitution in 1791.
~Causes and events of the War of 1812; include the burning of the Capitol and the White House.
I hope your class enjoys these as much as mine does! Please let me know if I can do anything for you or your students.