32 Multiple Choice Questions about the systems of government developed in the early state constitutions to help students master the content of We the People Lesson 7.
This worksheet is intended for use with Lesson 7 of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, an excellent high-school level textbook published by the Center for Civic Education. There are actually several levels of We the People available. You can tell if this worksheet matches your text by looking at the book cover thumbnail image included near the top of this page.
MEETING TEACHERS' NEEDS
If you have used this text, you have probably had the same reaction to it as myself -- fantastic content, placing government concepts in their rich historical context where they are best understood.... but where’s the testing program?
Indeed, the major drawback I have found to the We the People textbook is a lack of strong ancillaries. That is why I have developed my own. This worksheet 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 government concepts.
Using These We the People Worksheets in Class
All questions are presented in “Lesson order,” so that they can be used as a guided reading activity if desired.
I often use them as tests instead, however, requiring students to answer questions from memory alone. I have found that if students read the text with partners and discuss it along the way, they have excellent recall and can easily achieve scores of 80% and higher even without being able to look in the textbook to check their first impressions!
Teacher Convenience Means Fast Grading and Reusable Worksheets!
These We the People worksheets include a convenient student answer sheet that is formatted exactly like the answer key. This makes for super-fast grading of multiple choice items! As an added bonus, if students write their answers on the answer sheet instead of on the worksheets themselves, the worksheets will remain blank and can be re-used from year to year without the need to make fresh copies!
LESSON 7 CONTENT:
"After declaring independence the Founders designed new state governments to protect individual rights and to promote the common good. This lesson shows how the constitution of Massachusetts in particular was designed to achieve these ends. State constitutions also contained bills or declarations of rights. These guarantees of rights, for which Virginia's Declaration of Rights served as a model, had a great influence on the development of the U.S. Bill of Rights.
"When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to explain the basic ideas about government and rights that are included in state constitutions.You also should be able to explain how the experiences of the states in developing their constitutions and bills of rights influenced the framing of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Finally, you should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on the theory of legislative supremacy, the importance of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the role of declarations of rights in early state constitutions"
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We the People Worksheet for Lesson 1 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 1
We the People Worksheet for Lesson 2 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 2
We the People Worksheet for Lesson 3 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 3
We the People Worksheet for Lesson 4 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 4
We the People Worksheet for Lesson 5 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 5
We the People Worksheet for Lesson 6 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 6
We the People Worksheet for Lesson 7 / We the People Quiz for Lesson 7
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