This set of files includes a great overview of the Ohio Constitution of 1851 and of the Legislative Branch (The General Assembly). The state of Ohio recently passed a law requiring teachers of American Government to include covering the Constitution of Ohio, and this can help you do that!
I have always been frustrated with the general way that textbooks cover state and local governments, so I decided to replace that chapter with this information. I pulled a lot of info from the official government websites that I wanted to teach about. It's a great way to teach what's actually in place for this state more accurately and completely than you could with a national textbook.
If you'd like materials to help with your coverage of Ohio's Government portion or the AIR test, check out my other resources in my "Ohio Government" category!
Oh, and there's a pop culture reference in these notes. I have a bullet point that explains that in Ohio's House of Representatives, they have 99 members. I add in parentheses that not one of them is named Mitchell, which is a true statement as far as I can tell. This sets me up for a groaner of a joke, because my students inevitably ask me why it matters that there's no one named "Mitchell." I then get to say: "because it means that the House has got 99 members, but a Mitch ain't one!" (It's referencing a rap song that most of them probably know of... feel free to delete that part if it's not quite your style!)
Included in this set of files are the following:
- Readings about the Constitutional Convention of 1850 and the Constitution of 1851
- Readings about the Legislative Branch in Ohio, including excerpts from The Ohio Constitution (note: this helps satisfy the state's requirements under S.B. 165)
- An interactive PowerPoint to supplement the readings. This includes the PowerPoint, a Master Outline for your reference, and a fill-in outline for students to complete while viewing the PowerPoint
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