3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
  • Subject(s):Social Studies
  • Days:30
  • Grade(s):8
Key Learning:

It took several tries to establish a plan of govenment that actually worked for the United States. While the Constitution solved many of the problems from the earlier governments, it created political problems that affect our country even to this day.

Unit Essential Question(s):
 
 

What problems did the Founding Fathers have to solve when they tried to establish a new government system, and what problems did they inadvertently create?

   
Concept:

The Articles of Confederation

Concept:

The Constitutional Convention

Concept: The Constitution
Lesson Essential Question(s):

What kind of government system did the Articles of Confederation set up?

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Why didn't the Articles of Confederation work?

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Lesson Essential Question(s):

Compare what the Constitutional Convention was supposed to do with what it actually did?

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Why were the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention to be kept secret?

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What were the compromises that led to the establishment of the Constitution?

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What might have happened without the comprimises being made?

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Why were so many people against the Constitution?

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How did this new federal system of government differ from the ideals of the American Revolution?

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Lesson Essential Question(s):

What are the three branches of government, and what is the function of each one?

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What are "checks and balances?"

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What governmental policies were started by our first presidents that we still use today?

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What early decisions of the Supreme Court established policies about how the new nation would be run?

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Vocabulary:

confederation

Vocabulary:

amendment

Concept: The Bill of Rights
Concept: Implementation
Concept:
Lesson Essential Question(s):

What is the Bill of Rights, and how does it apply to you?

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Vocabulary:

warrant

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Vocabulary Report

  • confederation -

    A system of government in which the individual state governments are more powerful than the national government

  • constitution -

    A plan of government

  • amendment -

    An addition to a document after it has been written

  • warrant -

    A document approved by a judge to search property or seize a suspected criminal

  • compromise -

    An agreement between people with different ideas in which each side gives up some of its demands in order to solve a problem

  • convention -

    A meeting of people representing many others for some purpose, e.g., political party convention to select candidates, business convention to learn new methods

  • ratify -

    To approve of or agree to a document