If you want your students to actually read the Constitution, but find it to be a daunting task, this is the unit for you!
I created this to replace my textbook with the Constitution of the United States. I taught it by having my students take turns reading from Article I, and we worked our way through the whole Constitution (it took a full grading period). I had them do "popcorn" reading where they were allowed to call on a student to read after them anytime they arrived at either a period or a semicolon. Obviously, however you want them to read it is your call.
Your own textbook likely has the Constitution, but if not it's easy to find online (I like http://www.teachingamericanhistory.org/library ).
What's included in this .zip file is a set of PowerPoint notes that help explain what the Constitution means, and each PowerPoint has 2 Word documents that go with it: one is a fill-in outline with a lot of blanks for students to write down their notes in, and the other is a pre-filled in set of notes for you to refer to during class.
In total, there are 4 PowerPoints to go with Article I, 2 to go with Article II, 1 to go with Article III, 1 to go with Articles IV-VII, and 3 to cover the Amendments. Each PowerPoint is designed to take approximately 1 class period, so that's 11 days worth of notes! (Warning: attempting to do 11 days in a row of lecturing has been shown to cause insanity among teachers and students... PLEASE include other types of work as you cover the Constitution)
These are all of my PowerPoint lectures from my unit over the Constitution. They were designed to explain in plain English what the students finished reading right after they read it. It allowed me to have a bunch of government students actually read the document that created our Government!
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