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Out with the Old, in with the New:
The Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution

Traci Osterhagen
OverviewProcedure for teachersStudent Resources and Materials
Grade Level
11
Time Alloment
Two 45-minute class periods

Overview

As a new nation was born, the founders of the United States struggled to create a governing document strong enough to hold a country together, while insuring the country's citizens’ freedom from tyranny. Through the use of FREEDOM: A History of US video and Web site, students will develop a better understanding of the struggles, issues, leaders, and results of the process of creating the United States Constitution. In this lesson, students will review the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and learn about the major debates during the writing of the Constitution. Students will review vocabulary, compare primary source documents, and finish by applying critical reading skills as they refer to the Constitution to categorize the powers of the three branches of government.


Learning Activities

Students will be able to:
  • Name the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • Describe the major obstacles of faced by the writers of the US Constitution
  • Compare the roles of the three branches of the US government

Standards

New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies
http://www.nysatl.nysed.gov/ssstand.html

Standard 1: History of the United States and New York
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government
Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American Constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.


Media Components

Video:

FREEDOM: A History of US #2

Web sites:

FREEDOM: A History of US
http://www.pbs.org/historyofus
This is the companion Web site to the FREEDOM: A History of US video series. The sixteen Webisodes reflect the topics in each segment of the video series with additional historical information, sound clips, pop-up biographies, images, timelines, glossary, and many primary source documents.


Materials

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