Q2W5, November 15-19

National Archives Virtual Field Trip

TeacherJanna Rodgers
Subject AreaCivics
Grade Level7
Week #5
Unit of InstructionEarly Government and The Constitution
Standard(s) Taught

SS.7.C.1.8 – Explain the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification
of the Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights.
SS.7.C.1.7 – Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of
powers and checks and balances.
SS.7.C.3.3 – lustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in
Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as
established in the Constitution.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Recognize the Anti-Federalists’ reasons for the inclusion of a bill of rights in the U.S.
  • Recognize the Federalists’ reasons for a stronger, central government.
  • Identify and define the Constitutional principles: limited government, popular
    sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and rule of law.
  • Recognize examples of separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • Compare the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of the federal government.
  • Identify the general powers described in Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution.
Classroom Activities


  • Unit 3 Summative – The Constitution
  • Read “First Amendment 101” and complete two paragraphs responding to the following prompt: “Which First Amendment freedom is most important to you? Why?” Students must cite evidence.


  • National Archives Virtual Field Trip
  • KWL Chart


  • Summative Remediation Stations
  • Enrichment: Twitter Project
  • Set-up iCivics Accounts
Assignments Due

The Constitution Summative
Complete ALL missing work ASAP! No missing work will be accepted after Thanksgiving break!

Additional Resources