Slavery in the Constitution

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Your young historians will read excerpts from three parts of the United States Constitution—Article One, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment—and discuss how they each address the issue of slavery. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this worksheet after your class studies the Civil War, or in the process of learning how the Constitution serves as a "living document" and evolves over time

  • The text of each pertinent constitutional segment is provided
  • Includes very brief suggested responses
  • Good tool for practicing specific reading comprehension strategies

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Common Core