Week of: 1/08/18

This is a video we watched in class, briefly explaining the Article of Confederation.

TeacherKristen Smith
Subject AreaAdvanced U.S. History/Career Planning
Grade Level8th
Week #1/8/18-1/12/18
Unit of InstructionForming a Government
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.3.9- Evaluate the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and its aspects that led to the Constitutional Convention.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students Goals:

  • Describe the voting system under the Articles of Confederation.
  • Identify the structure of the U.S. government under the Articles of Confederation
  • Evaluate the weaknesses (e.g., inability to directly collect taxes, inability to regulate interstate trade, no national court system) and the successes (e.g., settling of conflicting western land claims, passage of the Northwest Ordinance.
Classroom Activities

At the start of the new year the first activity students will participate in will be coming up with their new years resolutions. After, we will review some of the standards taught before break just help remind students of the  topics we last learned about. (Declaring Independence, Battle formations- Battle at Bunker Hill, King George III etc.)

We will then jump into the Articles of Confederation. Students will have a group activity where they partner up and go around the room analyzing multiple features of the Article of Confederation. The purpose for this activity is to assist students in their understanding how and why the first draft of the Articles were so unsuccessful. 

Assignments Due

Students will have an essay that they will have to write on the Articles of Confederation. Explaining 2-3 reasons why the Articles of Confederation were created in such a way, and how the articles were not beneficial to the United States. 

Additional Resources

ALL IEP and ESOL accommodations will be provided daily.

When a student is absent, it is their responsibility to check the absent files in class and copy notes from a peer.  Students will have the number of days absent to complete missing work.  

If you need any assignments emailed, please contact me at smithk@ivyhawnschool.org or on remind use the class code: IH8US to get updates.