Q2W5: December 7-11

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 3 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

 

Classroom Activities

Day 1:

Bellringer/Vocab

Notes/Discussion on the AoC

Analyzing the AoC WS

Paragraph on the AoC

ONLINE:

PPT for Notes/Discussion – Articles_of_Confederation

  • You need to contribute at least 1 time in the discussion. 
  • You may do so either in class or on the class discussion on Canvas.

Analyzing AoC

AoC Paragraph

  • Why did the United States need a stronger national government in the 1780’s? How should it be made stronger?

Include

  • At least 3 weaknesses of the Articles (60%)
  • How they led to problems (20%)
  • At least 2 ways the government could be fixed(20%)

Please upload to Focus.

Day 2:

Bellringer/Vocab

Compromises of the Constitution 02-Compromises of the Const.

Day 3:

Bellringer/Vocab

Federalists v Anti-Federalists Notes

Ratify the Constitution?

ONLINE:

Rev War and Gov Study Guide

Constitution Notes

Ratify the Constitution?

Choose one of 3 options:

  • Write a skit in which Federalists and Anti-Federalists debate whether or not the Constitution should be ratified.
  • Include:
  • At least 5 reasons why a given side is right
  • 2 per skit (A federalist and anti-federalist)

OR

  • Write an essay or write a political cartoon in which you support or attack the ratification of the new constitution.
  • Include at least 4 arguments about why your side is right.
  • Include at least 1 argument from the other side (like a counter claim, or if a cartoon maybe by making fun of it?)
Assignments Due

In class discussion on the AoC or written responses to questions

AoC Paragraph:

  • Why did the United States need a stronger national government in the 1780’s? How should it be made stronger?

Include

  • At least 3 weaknesses of the Articles (60%)
  • How they led to problems (20%)
  • At least 2 ways the government could be fixed(20%)

 

Ratify the Constitution? Skit/Essay/Cartoon

Additional Resources

02-Compromises of the Const.The Articles of Confederation – In class Powerpoints

Vocabulary:

  • Constitution – a written plan of government
  • Republic- a government where citizens rule through elected representatives
  • Ordinance – a law
  • Depression- a period of slowed economic activity
  • Confederation – a loose alliance of multiple countries that agree to work together
  • Proportional- corresponding in size