We the People Crossword Puzzle -- A Great Way to Preview and Review Material!
Looking for a fun way to get students engaged with lesson content and help them zero in on key concepts and important details about U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution? Puzzles work well!
This puzzle activity is intended for use with Lesson 13 of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution. As such, it examines the main objections that were raised against the proposed Constitution back in the late 1780s. This crossword will help students understand the perspective of the Anti-Federalists -- perspectives that still echo down the years and are reflected in our politics today, particularly with respect to objections to large, strong centralized government and support for states' rights.
Differentiated Learning is Embedded in these We the People Crossword Puzzle Worksheets
This We the People Crossword Puzzle Packet contains worksheets with two levels of difficulty to help teachers differentiate the material for their students. The first crossword included features a standard format with just the puzzle grid and the clues list.
The second crossword puzzle page, however, is intended for students that need learning aids – it also includes a Word Bank list that will assist students in filling out the puzzle by providing them with all of the possible answers. This “basic” level puzzle still requires students to think critically, though – they have to read each clue and figure out which word bank entry best suits it.
Teacher Convenience Features in these We the People Puzzle Worksheets
This packet includes a traditional crossword puzzle answer key that shows the words filled into their correct slots. However, to help teachers who want to conduct a class discussion on the terms, there is also an “Answer List” page that matches up the key words with their clues. This format means that teachers don’t have to hunt for answers on the grid when they are discussing items with the class!
Concepts Covered in This We the People Crossword Puzzle Worksheet:
Bill of Rights
House of Representatives
Nature of republican government
Concerns about the separation of powers being insufficient
Necessary and Proper
Controversy over the ratification method for the Constitution
Concerns about the impact of a federal court system
State vs. federal power
Enumerated powers regarded as vague
About the We the People Textbook These Puzzles Go With
We the People is an excellent high-school level textbook published by the Center for Civic Education. There are actually several levels of We the People available. The one designated as Level 3 by the publisher is the one that matches this question set. It has a white cover with “We the People” prominently written in yellow at the top, while the bottom ¾ of the front cover is a painting of the Constitutional Convention featuring a standing George Washington.
If you have used this text, you have probably had the same reaction to it as I did -- fantastic content, placing government concepts in their rich historical context where they are best understood.... but where are the ancillaries? Indeed, the major drawback I have found to the We the People textbook is a lack of assessments and worksheets -- that is why I have developed my own. This crossword puzzle activity has been used by real high-school students and has kept them engaged and on-task while providing me, their teacher, with valuable information about how well each of them is mastering core information about the American constitutional system.
LOOKING FOR MORE WE THE PEOPLE CROSSWORD PUZZLE WORKSHEETS?
These We the People worksheet puzzles might do the trick:
We the People Lesson 7 Crossword Puzzle -- Early State Constitutions Crossword Puzzle
We the People Lesson 12 Crossword Puzzle -- Federal vs. State Powers Crossword Puzzle
We the People Lesson 20 Crossword Puzzle -- Voting Rights and Suffrage Crossword Puzzle
We the People Lesson 22 Crossword Puzzles -- Congressional Lawmaking and Oversight Crossword Puzzles
We the People Lesson 23 Crossword Puzzles -- Roles of the President Crossword Puzzles
We the People Lesson 24 Crossword Puzzles -- Federal Bureaucracy Crossword Puzzles
We the People Lesson 25 Crossword Puzzle -- Supreme Court Crossword Puzzle
We the People Lesson 26 Crossword Puzzles -- Federalism and State Government Crossword Puzzles
We the People Lesson 27 Crossword Puzzles -- Bill of Rights Crossword Puzzles
We the People Lesson 28 Crossword Puzzles -- Freedom of Religion Crossword Puzzles
LOOKING FOR WE THE PEOPLE TESTS OR WE THE PEOPLE MULTIPLE CHOICE WORKSHEETS?
The packets linked below might be just what you need:
We the People Lesson 1 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 1 Test
We the People Lesson 2 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 2 Test
We the People Lesson 3 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 3 Test
We the People Lesson 4 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 4 Test
We the People Lesson 5 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 5 Test
We the People Lesson 6 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 6 Test
We the People Lesson 7 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 7 Test
We the People Lesson 8 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 8 Test
We the People Lesson 9 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 9 Test
We the People Lesson 10 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 10 Test
We the People Lesson 11 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 11 Test
We the People Lesson 12 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 12 Test
We the People Lesson 13 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 13 Test
More We the People Worksheets Coming Soon!
These crossword puzzles are targeted for use with only one lesson from the We the People textbook. Check back frequently on my Teachers Pay Teachers stores to look for additional worksheets and materials to go with other lessons from the book. I plan to regularly update my online stores with more We the People support materials.
You can find all my previously released We the People worksheet packs and many other useful government worksheets and teaching aids at:
We the People Worksheets and Puzzles
We the People Worksheets and other Government Materials
Crash Course Government Worksheets
As always, happy teaching!
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