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Useful as a review assignment or as a quiz, these ten questions on the U.S. Constitution address its creation. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Ben Franklin are the main topics of the questions, as well as The Three-Fifths Compromise.
Students, while in the computer lab, explore, examine, study and analyze the impact of the Three Fifths Compromise on representation. They calculate representation in the House of Representatives and chart statistical data on a bar graph.
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.
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
Eighth graders study the U.S. Constitution and its major political concepts.  In this Constitution lesson students complete several lessons and answer questions. 
Sixth graders perform research about the following: The first framework of U.S. government, the Articles of Confederation, led to problems because the central government was not given enough power. Can a group of resourceful politicians find a way to please everyone and still plan an efficient government?

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Travel back to 1787 as young scholars investigate the creation of the US Constitution. After first working in small groups to create sets of classroom rules, students go on to read a summary of the Constitution and watch a short video before participating in a Constitutional Convention simulation.
Which document introduced the idea of limited government? What is the official beginning of the American Revolution? From the colonial period to the establishment of the Constitution, this assessment includes 40 multiple choice questions on the foundations of American democracy.
From common complaints against the influence of lobbyists to how bills are passed in Congress, this practice tests covers a wide range of topics regarding local, state, and national law. It is a standard multiple-choice assessment that also includes primary source and cartoon analysis.
Kids who take the Regents Exam really need to know a lot of information. This is a wonderful exam review tool that includes 26 pages of questions, charts, and suggested readings to help upper graders pass the test. It focuses on all aspects of the US Government including, the three branches, powers, separation of powers, the Amendments, case studies, checks and balances, rights, and judicial process. This could also be used a guide to teaching a unit on the US government.
Students engage in a role-playing situation to illustrate the kinds of compromised that were made a teh Constitutional Convention. They write three short 1-2 paragraph arguments and then present their arguments to the class at the appropriate time during a debate.
Eleventh graders investigate slave life on the Mount Vernon Plantation. For this slavery lesson, 11th graders examine photographs of and documents about George Washington's home as they participate in classroom station activities. Students design brochures about slave life on the plantation.
In this primary source analysis instructional activity, learners read excerpts of the Preamble, the Constitution, and the Fugitive Slave Act, the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Crittenden Compromise. Students respond to 3 short answer questions about the compromises over slavery.
Eleventh graders explore the process of perfecting the Union through changes made to the Constitution, and through the powers delegated to each branch of government.  For this American Government lesson, 11th graders research various Supreme Court Cases.  Students conduct a debate about race in America. 
Students determine how the issue of slavery is treated in the Constitution. For this U.S. Constitution lesson, students explore the views of the founding fathers on slavery and investigate the complexity of slavery issues. Students analyze the text of the Constitution prior to making group presentations.
Students explore slavery by reviewing the written laws intended to keep African Americans subservient. In this U.S. slavery lesson, students analyze a time-line of the history of African Americans. Students discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Learners explore the United States Constitution. In this U.S. government and nonfiction guided reading lesson, students read sections of The Constitution of the United States of America, then answer comprehension questions orally. Learners identify and use the glossary and table of contents. Students make text to world connections as they discuss the importance of rules.
For this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 14 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government in the United States.
Students analyze the methods and goals of the Abolitionists. Using primary source documents, they compare and contrast the supporters and opponents of the movement. They also evaluate the extent to which the military helped or hurt the cause.
Eleventh graders analyze the methods and goals of the Abolitionists in their crusade against slavery.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders compare and contrast opinions of supporters and opponents of abolitionism.  Students evaluate the extent to which militancy helped or hindered the abolitionist cause.  

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