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Three-fifths Compromise Teacher Resources
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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.
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?
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.
Learners 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. Learners discuss the patterns of the time-line and how the legal codes restricted freedom of black men and women based upon their population.
Eleventh graders investigate slave life on the Mount Vernon Plantation. In 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 worksheet, students 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. In 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. In 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 analyze a picture of an American folk art game that illustrates the impact slavery had on society. In this art analysis lesson, students study the picture of the game that illustrates the plight of the slaves. Students define the period from the image and its content by answering discussion questions.
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.