Articles of Confederation Teacher Resources
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The Articles of Confederation (1781-1789)
In this online interactive history worksheet, learners respond to ten short answer and essay questions about the Articles of Confederation. They may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Introducing our Constitution: Problems with the Articles of Confederation
Middle schoolers examine how the Articles of Confederation evolved into the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson, students analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Middle schoolers analyze primary images and documents to determine what needed to be done to fix the Articles of Confederation.
The Articles of Confederation
The purpose of this lesson is to assist students in discovering the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the foundation for creation of the United States Constitution. Students will investigate the events leading up to the writing of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
Economic Provisions of the Articles of Confederation
Eighth graders debate the pros and cons of four economic provisions of the Articles of Confederation. They investigate the economic problems that arose from the weak government under the Articles and the demise of the Articles due to these problems.
The Articles of Confederation (1781-1789)
In this online interactive government worksheet, students respond to 30 multiple choice questions about the Articles of Confederation. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
Sixth graders explore the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. In this history lesson, 6th graders consider the problems created when each colony had independent currencies. Students problem solve other related weaknesses.
Articles of Confederation
Students analyze specific websites and identify the purpose of the Articles of Confederation. They analyze the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the resulting conflicts. They evaluate the postive actions of the Articles
Before and Beyond the Constitution: The President Under the Articles of Confederation
Students discuss the powers and responsibilities of the President as defined by the Articles of Confederation.
The President Under the Articles of Confederation
Students examine how the role of President was defined in the Articles of Confederation. They read and analyze the section about the President, and identify the rules that apply to the President.
Articles of Confederation and Constitution
High schoolers hunt for and interpret historical documents. In this American government lesson, students compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation with the U. S. Constitution. High schoolers also investigate the documents that influenced the American plans for government.
Millionaire: History Review Game (Chapter 3)
What better way to review the development of American government, than with a game? Play a Millionaire-style game to review topics like, the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, the Articles of Confederation, and federalism. Fifteen fun questions and answers await!
Interpreting Foundation Documents of the American Republic
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Northwest Ordinance.
The Federalist Papers
Students identify the Articles of Confederation and explain why it failed. They explain the argument over the need for a bill of rights in the Constitution and James Madison's role in securing its adoption by first Congress. Finally, students describe the political philosophy underpinning the Constitution as specified in the Federalist Papers.
What Experiences Shaped the Founders' Thinking about Government?
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. For this the government lesson plan, students examine the Articles of Confederation as they relate to the power of government. Students then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
Government: The Land of Cantdo and Freedom
Students engage in a simulation assisting James Madison in writing the Bill of Rights. After determining the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation, they work in pairs to interpret the Preamble. After reading a story called, "The Land of Cantdo," students draw and write descriptions of First Amendment freedoms.
President Who? Forgotten Founders and Their Capitols
Students explore the beginning of the United Colonies that were formed in 1774. In this history activity, students discuss the Articles of Confederation and then answer questions about the events surrounding the development of the colonies.
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.
A Little Rebellion Now and Then Leads to Archival Material
Students examine the American Revolution and the Articles of Confederation. They, in groups, participate in different activities.
Lost Hero: The "To Do List" of the Continental Congress
Young scholars investigate how the role of president is defined in the Articles of Confederation. They read and discuss primary source documents, answer discussion questions, and describe how the President was elected.
Articles of Confederation Game
Why did the Articles of Confederation fail? Your historians will find out firsthand through this simulation activity, during which they will use money (consider using extra credit) to demonstrate the inherent flaws. It's simple: each pupil chooses either red or blue, secretly writing their choice down. Working together for the good of the whole gives the highest payout. However, even one selfishly motivated person can ruin the system. This will get interesting quickly!