The President Under the Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation sounds like one big, fancy title to middle schoolers. Here, scaffolded steps help to ease novices into understanding this all-important American document. Discussion questions, lesson activities, and ideas for assessment help to lessen time spent planning and increase time spent instructing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Individualize learning for GATE students by analyzing the motivations of famous signers of the Articles of Confederation
  • Differentiate for English learners by providing a document of the discussion questions and utilizing translation, visual aid, or fill-in-the-blank notes depending on literacy level
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners preknowledge includes an understanding of The Declaration of Independence and the colonists' grievances
  • The first in a sequential series of three, this plan serves as a knowledge base for further, more in-depth lessons
Pros

  • Discussion questions enhance the learning experience
Cons

  • The lesson plan does not give a measurable objective or authentic rubric for assessment