The Constitution - 12 separate lessons including an authentic structured inquiry, comprehensive coverage of the Consitution and a debate about the Electoral College!
☆☆☆Engaging, student centered, and make for the middle school mind
Shays' Rebellion Inquiry
- This inquiry focuses on Shays' Rebellion. It's a fantastic inquiry that stays true to the inquiry process with an approach the fits with the real world classroom. With this inquiry, the students investigate the reasons for Shays' Rebellion and the response. At the end of the inquiry, the students design a monument for Daniel Shays, and with this monument design, the students must think about long-standing themes in U.S. History - freedom, rebellion, and heroism.
The Consitutional Convention
- With this lesson, I've cr eated a straightforward presentation that helps students to focus on the basics of the Constitutional Convention - what were the found fathers debating? How did they come to a compromise? I've included both the Connecticut (Great) Compromise and the 3/5's Compromise.
The Branches of Government and Checks and Balances
- This lesson focuses on the basics relating to t he three branches of government - the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches. It also explains Checks and Balances and provides scenarios for students to analyze. The text is presented in a clear and easy to understand format in an engaging infographic style.
The System of Federalism
- This lesson focuses on the system of Federalism. The presentation discusses the different types of powers and how they are distributed between the state and the federal government. The students then apply their knowledge by analyzing headlines.
The Bill of Rights - Stations Activity
- This lesson focuses on the Bill of Rights. Students will complete an interactive presentation and then visit stations relating to the Supreme Court rulings and teenagers. My students were thoroughly engaged and their learning was substantial. They absolutely loved these activities!
The Electoral College Debate
- This lesson provides a fu n and educationally structured debate for students to discuss the controversy regarding the Electoral College. This includes up-to-date information - including the 2016 election! I've included a background reading the explains the Electoral College, and two readings which provide opposing viewpoints for students to review before they debate. In addition, one of my fellow Math teachers worked with me to create a lesson to help students understand the math behind the Electoral College. This lesson discusses percentages and proportions, and helps students to visualize the way the Electoral College works.
- Review and 2 versions of Exam - This includes two different versions of an assessment for the 3 lessons in my Constitution unit and a review worksheet for the entire unit. Both assessments include a holistic 5-point rubric for grading.
This zip file includes a PDF version, a PowerPoint version, and a link to a Google Slides version for both the Review and the assessment. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE.
I've also included a Unit outline to help you plan!
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