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High schoolers discuss the often conflicting viewpoints of the framers of the Constitution. One Framer in particular, George Mason, strongly objected to the creation of the Constitution. His objections are explored and the Constitutional remedy to his objection is discussed and debated.
Eighth graders, after working with the software Decisions, Decisions: The Constitution, become face to face with the dilemmas, compromises, and struggles of writing the American Constitution. Each student is evaluated on how well they interpreted the key dilemmas, struggles and compromises faced by the founding fathers, demonstrated through role-play.
Think about the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence with your budding historians. They analyze the importance of historical documents by examining several famous documents, and then they complete activities that check their understanding of the documents. Also included is an activity that breaks up the Preamble and pairs motions with certain phrases to help learners remember it.
How did early Americans ensure expansion while also securing the rights of citizens? Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, two of our early leaders, considered the problem of faction to be the "mortal disease" that created unstable governments. Read primary sources about faction and answer the guiding question: was James Madison correct when he claimed that a republican government over an extended territory was necessary to both preserve the Union and secure the rights of citizens?
High schoolers focus on the 14th Amendment of the Bill of Rights to decide whether or not racism denies citizens of their rights under the amendment. They watch a movie, Every Two Seconds and complete a worksheet (included in the plan) about the movie and the topics presented in it. This outstanding 5-page lesson plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class. Very good!
Here is a fabulous series of lesson plans on four of the most celebrated artists of the Old Western period in American history. Learners study the works of Charles King, George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran. The pack is filled with terrific images of their works and meaningful educational activities. The hope is that the images will help pupils to develop the ability to interpret works of art, and describe how works of art create meaning. Fantastic!
Primary historical sources can be a challenge for some readers, so these seven guided-reading questions will be very useful to US History or Government classes studying The Articles of Confederation. Each question has multiple parts and demands critical thinking. Working individually, the handout could take at least a couple of hours. To manage it in one or two class periods, consider dividing the class into groups and divvying the questions between groups.
High schoolers review primary documents concerning the War of 1812. Students read essays about President Madison's war policy and determine the climate of people's feelings about war during that period. High schoolers review sections of the United States' Constitution to determine whether these arguments had merit.
Learners explore the constitutional guarantee of the right to trial by jury. In this U. S. Constitution lesson plan, students read or view Twelve Angry Men and respond to discussion questions regarding the jury. Learners examine the constitutional provisions raised by the book/film and create posters that promote the assurance of impartial juries in the American judicial system.
Students examine the Preamble of the United States Constitution. In this United States government lesson, students read the Preamble and investigate a passage from the Preamble. Students identify the meaning of the specific passage and illustrate a picture about the Preamble. The illustrations can be placed together to develop a mural.
Students explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine the operation of the bicameral arm of the goverment as they analyze content of the Federalist Papers to determine why Congress is set up the way it is. Students also consider the steps in the legislative process and find out they still work today. Students create PowerPoint presentations based on their findings.