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Students 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. Students analyze primary images and documents to determine what needed to be done to fix 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
Young scholars hunt for and interpret historical documents. In this American government instructional activity, students compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation with the U. S. Constitution. Young scholars also investigate the documents that influenced the American plans for government.
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!
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.
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. In 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.
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.
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.