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What does it mean to be American? Explore the constitution and what it really means to be a citizen here. First, learners of all ages will investigate different primary source documents. Then, they establish each document's constitutional relevance. Several excerpts of the constitution are included here, as well as worksheets, document analysis sheets, maps, and letters to congress. A very thorough lesson!
Students describe the conditions under which the Constitution was written. They explain the purpose of the first three articles of the Constitution. They represent the three branches of government through a graphic organizer. They identify his/her state senator, governor and local representative and describe how they contribute to the common good.
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after independence, as well as examine a summation of the Articles of Confederation.
Have your class learn through exploration. They use their texts and go on a US Constitutional scavenger hunt. Included are 45 questions they must hunt to find answers to. This plan uses the text as the main resource, why not give clues to other books, documents, or the Internet to make this scavenger hunt really fun.
Learners determine how President Lincoln promoted emancipation. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents, including the U.S. Constitution, to reconstruct Lincoln's attempts to end slavery and deliver the Emancipation Proclamation. Learners respond to the provided discussion questions based on the documents.
Young scholars continue their examination of the United States Constitution. Using the text, they discover where the power for the government came from and why it was needed. They are introduced to the concept of Federalism and discuss the difficulty in allocating certain powers.
Students investigate Congressional responsibilities. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students explore the responsibilities of Congressional members and then write want-ads that feature the salary, skills, location, job requirements, and job benefits of House and Senate office holders.
This unit is an introduction to the U.S. Constitution. First, 8th graders read the Articles of Confederation. They pretend to be a visitor to the convention and write a journal describing the compromises that "save the day." Next, they research how the concepts of representative democracy work within the framework of our government as outlined in the Constitution.
Students study the goals set out for the Constitution. They examine the resolutions arrived at to resolve three major conflicts which arose during the writing of the Constitution. They discuss or write down a one-sentence summary of what goals the Preamble sets out for the Constitution.
Fourth graders investigate how the Ohio Constitution serves as a plan of government. In this Ohio Constitution lesson plan, 4th graders participate in cooperative learning activities, including a role-play, research, and vocabulary game. Students explain how a constitution provides a framework for government, limits the power of government, and defines the authority of elected officials.