How the First State Constitutions Helped Build the U.S. Constitution

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Did you know that the United States Constitution was adopted after many state constitutions were already in place? Young scholars examine facts about the influence of states through an informative and interesting resource. Groups then rank states based on religious restrictiveness and present their findings to the class.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate for GATE students by asking them to research and compare the statements in the final activity to additional ones from other states
  • Flip the lesson by assigning a portion of the reading as homework
Classroom Considerations
  • Covers some sensitive issues for certain class members
  • Builds public speaking skills
  • Includes comprehension questions at the end of the reading
  • None