Constitution Role Play

This Constitution Role Play lesson plan also includes:

Should slavery be legal? Who should be able to vote? Should Revolutionary War bonds be paid back? How did the writers of the US Constitution, with their conflicting interests, answer these questions? Class members engage in a role play activity that causes young historians to think critically about issues the framers of the Constitution had to face, the compromises they agreed to, and the issues that were left for later amendments to address.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Group class members by role and have them investigate amendments that give voice to and resolve issues that were not addressed by the framers of the Constitution
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of multiple handouts
  • The 23-page packet includes an overview and rationale for the activity as well as a detailed plan
  • Also included are follow-up questions for writing and/or discussion
  • None