A unique approach for the class to create their own classroom constitution and guide their behavior choices throughout the school year!
Through guided inquiry, students are engaged and collaborate to create their class's essential behavior agreements. Using primary source materials from the Library of Congress shown on the powerpoint presentation, students make connections to the writing of the U.S. Constitution and the process that our founding fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, used to create the rules that still guide our nation. Students are asked to look closely at what they see in these historical pictures and documents and inquire about what does this makes them think could be happening and to make connections to their own experiences.
Using this inquiry and through class brainstorming of ideas and editing of suggestions, students work together to develop a constitution (classroom essential agreements often known as rules) that they will then adopt and use to guide their choices throughout the school year.
Detailed lesson plans and the powerpoint presentation will enable the teacher to guide students through this process until they create a document that truly represents "We the students..."! Suggestions for guiding discussions and all materials that are needed are listed to support the powerpoint that is included. A wonderful way to develop critical thinking skills while involving students in self-governance, cooperative learning, and establishing guidelines to create a respectful learning environment within the classroom.