To understand the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation and the reasons for writing a new constitution for the United States.
1 and 1/2 class periods
Give each student a copy of pages 46A - 46E.
Read the introductory paragraphs with the class. In the section on the Articles of Confederation, have the students read the outline and answer questions 1-17 and 1-5. Go over the answers later in the period.
1-17: All answers are yes. Emphasize that all of the things described actually happened during the 1780s under the government established by the Articles of Confederation.
1-5: Briefly discuss what the students believe were major weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. This section helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Assign the remaining sections –– Land Ordinance of 1785, Northwest Ordinance, and Constitutional Convention –– for homework. Go over the answers at the beginning of the next class period.
Have students complete the writing assignment (100-150 words) during which they pretend to be an American citizen living in Boston, MA, in 1787.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.