Article I of the United States Constitution Teacher Resources
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2, 4, 6, 8 . . . Who Knows What's in Article I, Section 8?
Students read Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and create a poem, rap, cheer, or song that presents the powers of Congress creatively. As a wrap-up, students justify which Congressional powers they believe are most important.
In this U.S. Constitution worksheet, students respond to 63 short answer questions about Articles I-VII of the American plan for government.
The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make a More Perfect Union?
Students analyze the Preamble of the Constitution and identify the historical context that led to its wording. They, in groups, interpret phrases from the Preamble, examine relevant court cases and create illustrations for their portion or text.
Teaching With Documents: U.S. Constitution Workshop
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!
We Are The People
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.
The Age of Constitution Writing
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.
Constitutional Scavenger Hunt
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.
US Constitution and Amendments
Students study our framework for government and examine the actual document ans see its direct impact on their lives. Groups act as a branch of government and role play the powers granted to them in Articles I, II, or III of the Constitution.
Studying Florida's Constitution: State's Rights
Students examine the basic rights in their state's constitution. They vote on a class issue, analyze how an amendment is passed, develop a flow chart to demonstrate the steps, and write and illustrate a booklet about their basic rights.
Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Constitution
Young scholars 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. Young scholars respond to the provided discussion questions based on the documents.
Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution
Students take and defend positions on what conditions contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a constitutional government. They debate whether or not the government should have prosecuted Nixon over the Watergate scandal.
Are We the People?
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students investigate the writing of the Constitution. Students also consider the services provided by the local, state, and federal governments.
Are We the People?
Students investigate their elected officials and their roles. In this governmental leadership lesson plan, students discuss the Constitution and research their elected officials. They also organize the information they find regarding the three branches of government.
Separation of Powers: Connecting the Separate Powers
Students study the concept of separation of powers. They recognize how the Constitution provides for separation of powers and categorize public officials into one of three branches of government. Students do a role play and see if they hear anything out of the ordinary.
Introduction to the Constitution (Enumerated Powers)
Learners 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.
The U.S. Constitution: Backbone of America
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.
"We, the People": New Voices in the Constitutional Debates
Learners 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.
The Purpose of a 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.
U.S. Constitution and Amendments
Students explore the framework of government and examine the Constitution to see its impact on their lives.
Case Study: Constitutional Law
Posed here is an issue of land ownership and law from the year 1773. Learners can use what they know about the US Constitution, statehood, and Articles I, III, and IV to answer five questions regarding the scenario.