Shay's Rebellion Teacher Resources
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Shays’ Rebellion: A Massachusetts Farmer’s Account
Students analyze the effects of Shays' Rebellion. In this Shays' Rebellion lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the rebellion and the events that led to it. Students respond to discussion questions and participate in a debate activity regarding Daniel Shays.
Twelfth graders determine the role that Shay's Rebellion played in creating a stronger central government in the United States. For this early American history lesson, 12th graders read about the rebellion and then create political cartoons that exemplify the two sides of the rebellion.
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.
Daniel Shays and the Constitution
Learners contrast the diverse views of Connecticut River Valley people in the years before, during, and after the Revolution.
The Meaning of America: Equality
What if society sought equality by handicapping the gifted and dispelling any traces of diversity? Kurt Vonnegut Jr. offers one possible answer to this question through his incredibly engaging and thought-provoking satirical story, "Harrison Bergeron". In addition to offering writing prompts and discussion questions that are sure to spark interest and debate amongst your readers, you will also have the opportunity to preview video excerpts where editors of the anthology engage in high-level discourse and work to elicit meaning from the classic American text.
The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource.
The American Revolution: 1775 - 1783
Track the ins and outs and wartime strategies used by both the British and the Americans during the Revolutionary War. Multiple comparisons are made between both factions, maps, statistical data, images, and light text is used throughout the presentation. This would be a good resource to accompany a full lecture and could span several class periods.
Analyzing A Writer's Stance: Defending Points of View in a Debate
Middle and high schoolers debate colleges' right to grant admissions based on legacy status. This point-of-view lesson plan uses a column from the New York Times about college admission policies as a springboard for a student debate. Pupils write in journals, participate in whole-class discussion, and then are divided into debate teams which must defend an assigned viewpoint.
Talkin’ About the Preamble
The US Constitution contains a Preamble, it is the document that describes what the Constitution is all about. Using several active reading strategies, fifth graders will show that they understand this important primary-source document. They begin by reading the Preamble as a class, then each child will examine the document sentence by sentence. They will create books that contain an exact sentence from the document, their personal interpretation or understanding of the sentence, and a drawing that represents the ideas contained within each sentence of the Preamble. This is a wonderful way to increase comprehension and can be applied to any other primary resource.
Constitution Test Review
Your class needs to prepare for a test on the US Constitution, but how? Pull out a handy slide show that contains nothing but perfect test preparation questions. Everything from Shay's Rebellion and the Articles of the Confederation to the Bill of Rights and the Amendments are covered. There are about 20 questions total.
Students analyze and summaries the Federalist arguments for the ratification of the Constitution using the Federalist Papers. They analyze and summarize the Anti-Federalist arguments against the ratification of the Constitution.
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.
The New Nation
George Washington and the new nation of the United States of America faced many problems in their inaugural years. Use this worksheet as a straightforward approach to learning about the reasons the country was experiencing a lack of unity, the status of their economy and foreign relations, and some of the congressional actions in the president's first term.
The Federalist Papers (1787-1789)
An online interactive history quiz awaits your eager upper graders. They respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Federalist Papers, and then submit their answers to be scored. While the quiz covers some pertinent information, the advertisements on the side of the website are really quite distracting!
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.
Students become familiar with the Federalist papers and the work of the federal government. In this federalism activity, students find similarities and differences between state and federal government.
"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 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.
The American Revolution: 1775-1783
Casting the American Revolution into a bright, informative light, this presentation details many key facts about the strategies and decision during the revolutionary campaigns. The latter half of the slides prompt viewers to examine why the British lost the war, as well as covering the next steps for the blossoming United States of America.
Students will analyze and evaluate political propaganda. In this lesson on the Federalist movement, students will examine the Federalist papers and analyze the Anti-Federalist argument mage against constitutional ratification. This lesson culminates in a full class debate.