Q2, Wk 7

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #16
Unit of InstructionArticles of Confederation/Constitution
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.1.1 Provide supporting details for an answer from text, interview for oral history, check validity of information from research/text, and identify strong vs. weak arguments.

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.

SS.8.A.3.10 Examine the course and consequences of the Constitutional Convention (New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great Compromise, Three-Fifths Compromise, compromises regarding taxation and slave trade, Electoral College, state vs. federal power, empowering a president).

SS.8.A.3.11 Analyze support and opposition (Federalists, Federalist Papers, AntiFederalists, Bill of Rights) to ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Students can identify 4 of the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation; predict the consequences of them; and propose how to fix them. 
  • Students will predict the compromises of the Constitutional Convention
  • Students will write a paragraph supporting or opposing the ratification of the Constitution. 


Classroom Activities

Day 1:

Students experience what the government under the Articles was like when trying to organize a class snack. They then use a worksheet to learn more of the weaknesses of the Articles and its effects. Exit ticket at the end of class. 

Day 2: Students use the textbook to learn about the successes and failure of the AoC. They then work on page 189 2,4,5,6. 

Day 3:

Students learn about and discuss Shay’s Rebellion, focusing on was it justified and why it happened. They then learn about the Consititional Convention, working in groups to predict the outcome of the three compromises made. At then end of class, students respond with a paragraph to “Should the Constitution be ratified?” 

Assignments Due

Exit Ticket

Page 189 2,4,5,6

Constitution Paragraph Response 

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