New! Constitution of the United States: Crossword Puzzle
5th - 8th
In this United States history instructional activity, students use the 16 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers pertaining to the Constitution of the United States.
American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
A Lesson To Accompany "The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking"
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over the beginnings of the first Bank of the United States. They read primary source documents and the booklet, "The First Bank of the United States." A fun way to introduce banking and US Economics.
Documenting Democracy The United States Constitution
Students explore U.S. history by creating an oral history project. In this Constitution lesson, students discuss the importance of the U.S. Constitution in allowing our country to prosper. Students define government vocabulary terms and create an oral presentation about the Constitution which they share with their class.
Making a Constitutional Government
Fourth graders examine the main ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They consider the relationship between the two documents and how different functions of government are interdependent.
The Age of Constitution Writing
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after independence, as well as examine a summation of the Articles of Confederation.
Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution
Students use the Internet to read a brief description of Magna Carta (link provided). They "walk through" the document with the teacher, identifying four major themes. Students read and discuss "The Rhetoric of Rights: Americans are 'Englishmen' and Englishmen Have Constitutional Rights." They complete a chart comparing/contrasting the Magna Carta, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Comparison of Women Writers From the Republic of Korea and the United States of America
Students compare and contrast the literature of the Republic of Korea to that of the United States with an emphasis on women writers. In this women writers lesson, students complete a 30 page packet of analysis activities for women writers of Korea and the United States.
Workshop 4: Constitutional Convention
How do new amendments become part of the US Constitution? AP government students explore, analyze, and use the US Constitution to develop a deep understanding of the interworkings of law and government while practicing synthesis and research skills. They'll analyze the provided documents and engage in guided discussions to build debate arguments based on factual evidence. A Workshop overview, lesson plan, teacher and student notes, and essential readings are all included.
James Madison: Balancing State and Federal Government
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.
James Madison: The Second National Bank-Powers Not Specified in the Constitution
High schoolers discover the events that occurred during James Madison's presidency that raised constitutional questions. They investigate Madison's reaction to at least one event and complete the associated worksheets.
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