Liven up your government teaching with this guided Constitution worksheet
that takes students through the details of Article I, all about the legislative branch. These worksheets let students really get into the primary source text instead of relying on textbook authors to tell them what the Constitution says about Congress -- and because it is a complete look at Article I, it covers a lot of ground that textbooks tend to overlook.
Give your students a really complete view of the rights, roles, and responsibilities of Congress!
I BELIEVE IN CRITICAL THINKING
The worksheet is more than a reading comprehension activity. At key points, it asks students the critical "why?" questions that are so essential to true understanding. To complete the worksheet, students will have to do a close reading of Article I to discover key details, but then they will have to apply critical thinking skills to figure out what reasons the Framers probably had in mind for including certain provisions regarding the legislative branch.
For example, the Constitution specifies that Congress members can't be held to answer in a court of law for anything they say while in Congress. No reason for this prohibition is given, but of course there is a very good one. Students are challenged to think for themselves as to why it was a good idea to make sure that Congress members feel free to speak their minds without worrying about being sued for their remarks. And this is just the tip of the iceberg -- these worksheets are about clear reading and careful analysis, always providing the guidance that students need to get at the heart of these important matters.
Students are also challenged to think through what some of the somewhat advanced vocabulary used in Article I must mean. What are "habeas corpus" and "duty of tonnage?" The Constitution uses the terms without explanation; with this worksheet, students are asked to go beyond the surface level of the text to reach a level of true understanding.
To see the worksheet in operation, download the free preview!
TEACHER CONVENIENCE IS NUMBER ONE WITH ME!
As a teacher myself, I know that you have plenty to do. You need support materials that make your life easier, not harder. When it comes to this Article I Constitution Worksheet, that means:
---Two different difficulty levels provided, ready made for you to differentiate instruction.
---Convenient division into sections that match the Constitution, and formatting so it's easy to print off just those sections that will be in use on a certain day. This is especially important when it comes to Section I, which is the longest part of the Constitution -- so long that some students may find it daunting. The format of these worksheets helps to make Section I a lot less intimating for students and more manageable for teachers.
---A reusable option -- all problems presented not only in worksheet format, but also as a question list. A class set of these can be reused from year to year since students won't write on the pages.
---A full answer key is provided. It includes not just the bare answer, but also helpful ancillary information to help guide class review and discussion and keep the Constitution interesting.
DIFFERENTIATING? NO PROBLEM!
The basic version of the worksheet focuses more on literal reading and not as much on analysis or personal reflection questions. It's a good choice for students that need a simpler start to their study of the Constitution. But it can also be used in really creative ways:
---Start all students with the basic worksheets. Then used the advanced ones, which also include all the basic questions in addition to more advanced ones. This provides automatic review of key points and lets students see how much they remember of the basics.
---Offer a choice of basic or advanced, but encourage students to challenge themselves by making a C the highest possible score on the basic worksheet -- A or Bs require more work, and thus the advanced version.
---Have the class do the basic version, but offer the advanced worksheet as extra credit.
And on an on -- the choice is yours, but I always try to set up my products in ways that give you lots of options for how you use the materials!
Please feel free to download the preview to get a better sense of how my classes learn the Constitution step by step.
LOOKING FOR MORE U.S. CONSTITUTION WORKSHEETS?
If you end up liking this approach to the Constitution, you might be interested in my other step-by-step guided Constitution worksheets:
U.S. Constitution Article II Worksheet
U.S. Constitution Article III Worksheet
U.S. Constitution Article IV Worksheet
For easy access to the other U.S. Constitution resources I've created, click the link below:
U.S. Constitution Activities by Elise Parker
And as always,
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