Do you teach the U.S. Constitution to your government or history students? I go through it every year and constantly work on ways to make it highly interesting and relevant to students -- not to mention, more understandable!
Liven up your own civics teaching this guided Constitution worksheet
that takes students through the details of Article II, which covers the executive branch.
I BELIEVE IN CRITICAL THINKING
The worksheet is more than a reading comprehension activity. At key points, it asks students the application questions that are so essential to true understanding.
To complete the worksheet, students will have to do a close reading of Article II to discover key details, but then they will have to apply critical thinking skills to figure out, for example, what the Framers meant by "extraordinary measures." The Constitution uses the term without explanation; with this worksheet, students are asked to go beyond the surface of the text to reach a deeper level of understanding.
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 II Constitution Worksheet, that means:
---The whole worksheet fits on one sheet of paper, front and back. This means that a set of the worksheets, used year after year if students are directed not to write on them, will take up very little space in your file cabinet.
---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.
GREAT WAYS TO USE THIS CONSTITUTION WORKSHEET
*For previewing or reviewing key content
*For absent work when students miss your class discussions on the key content
*As extra credit or enrichment
*As a way to differentiate instruction
*I'm sure you can think of even more!
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 I 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
keywords: Constitution, Article II, executive power, appointments clause, treaties, recess appointments, impeachment, commissions