In this 21 page packet your students will have everything they need to complete an activity that addresses the following question: “How did British documents, Enlightenment philosophers, democratic precedents, grievances against their monarch and a failed confederation grow the tree of Representative Democracy in America and mold the U.S. Constitution?” In other words, why didn’t the people in the United States choose a monarchy for their new country? In this activity, your students will:
1) Answer a warm-up question after watching a short public access video that will trigger student prior knowledge (worksheet and web address is provided)
2) Work in small groups or individually (teacher choice) to examine 13 primary source excerpts that address the essential question. (Primary Source Excerpts, Discussion questions and graphic organizers provided)
3) Complete an assessment activity of their choice (2 assignment choices are provided).
This lesson contains all handouts, slides and Step-by Step Teacher Directions. Caution- this lesson will cause your students to use their critical thinking skills