The purpose of the lesson is to investigate the problems under the Articles of Confederation that led to the writing of the United States Constitution. This lesson focuses on Shays’ Rebellion. Students will examine the ways Shays’ Rebellion called attention to the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation.
This is an engaging lesson that will encourage student discussion. Included is a scripted lesson plan, five sources (primary and secondary sources), and questions. Some questions are simple recall questions, since the purpose of the lesson is to learn the Social Studies content using literacy. Other questions are higher-order thinking questions.This lesson concludes with a constructed response (rubric included).