To understand the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation and the reasons for writing a new constitution for the United States.
1 class period
You can begin this lesson by reading with the class the introductory paragraphs about the Critical Period.
This is followed by a section on the Articles of Confederation. Students read an outline and underline or highlight the weaknesses in this plan of government.
Next, there is series of yes/no questions about events that did or did not occur during the Critical Period.
A Thought Question concludes the lesson while asking students to identify what they believe were the five most serious weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
Teacher Instructions and answer key included.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 46-60 of 150
LESSON 46: The Critical Period
LESSON 47: Constitutional Convention
LESSON 48: United States Constitution
LESSON 49: Crossword Puzzle: The Constitution
LESSON 50: Three Branches of Government
LESSON 51: Electoral College
LESSON 52: Presidents of the United States
LESSON 53: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson
LESSON 54: To Tell The Truth: George Washington
LESSON 55: Beginning of Political Parties
LESSON 56: Thomas Jefferson
LESSON 57: The Louisiana Purchase
LESSON 58: Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson
LESSON 59: The War of 1812
LESSON 60: Major Battles/War of 1812