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Showing Grade 8, Unit 2b, Principles of the U.S. Constitution
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Debate on Ratification

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Description: You will "become" one of the famous Constitutional debaters, research their arguments, and stage a debate in front of your state's legislature (the class). The class will then vote whether or not to ratify the new Constitution, based upon the success of your debate. Standards 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.6-7, 11.1.2 and 12.1.3-6

Author: Janet Mulder, Oak Grove MS

Lesson ID: 292

Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

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Description: How much power should the federal government have? This was a weighty question that was heavily debated in the newly established United States of America. Explore the views and proponents of both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in order to understand this great political debate, as well as how the Supreme Court established Federalist precedents during the time of the Marshall Court. Standards 8.2.4, 8.2.7, 12.1.5 and 12.4.5

Author: History of the Supreme Court

Lesson ID: 139

The Bill of Rights - A Virtual Museum

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Description: On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. The new United States Constitution had already been ratified, yet the future of the new country was still at risk. Many of the founding fathers were demanding a "bill of rights" which would protect the people from the government. This list of rights was to be added to the Constitution to guarantee individual liberties, to make sure that the new government would not treat citizens like the old colonial government of Great Britain did. But not everyone agreed that this bill of rights was necessary. Learn about the rights that are protected by this famous document in the Web Museum designed for Language Learners. Apply the protected rights to a list of example events to discuss with your class. Then open your local newspaper to find other examples of challenges to rights in America. Standards 5.7.2, 5.7.3, 8.2.6, 10.2.2, 11.1.2, 12.1.6, and 12.5.1 civics

Author: Robert Houghton, Indio Middle School

Lesson ID: 1021

U.S. Constitution Power Grab Game

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Description: The highest law of the land in the United States is the Constitution. This is why you spend so much time learning about it in school. This activity will increase your knowledge of the Constitution and it's fundamental ideas: checks and balances, separation of powers, Bill of Rights and amendments. Standards 8.2.6 and 12.4 all civics

Author: Adapted by Peg Hill from a Lesson by Don M. Carlson, History-Social Science Coordinator

Lesson ID: 1150

All Those In Favor: Holding a Mock Congressional Vote and Presidential Veto

Description: Share opinions about measures recently passed in your school. Then vote on and argue for and against hypothetical school policies and respond to a "president's" decision to pass or veto the measures. Standards 8.2.7, 12.4.1 and 12.4.4 civics

Author: Jennifer Rittner & Javaid Khan, New york Times Learning Network

Lesson ID: 432

Class Constitution

Description: Learn the purpose of the U.S. Constitution and then analyze the language and meaning of the Preamble. Work in cooperative groups to write a class constitution incorporating the appropriate elements of the U.S. Constitution. Standards 3.4.1, 4.5.1, 5.7.3 and 8.2.6


Lesson ID: 229

Constitutional Convention

Description: Identify the positions of specific states regarding crucial conflicts during the Constitutional Convention. Analyze the degree to which compromise was important to the ratification of the Constitution. In an oral report represent the viewpoints of your assigned state. Standard 8.2.4

Author: Yahooligans

Lesson ID: 255

Drafting the Constitution

Description: This lesson, a supplement to a study of the Constitutional Convention, focuses on The Committee of Detail's draft of the Constitution submitted on 6 August 1787. The delegates debated its contents for a month before referring the document to the Committee of Style. The Committee's report, presented to the Convention on 12 September, became the Constitution of the United States. Working within groups, read the Report of the Committee of Detail and compare it with the final version of the Constitution. Chart the major differences in the two documents. Standards 8.2.3 and 11.1.2

Author: American Memory, Library of Congress

Lesson ID: 330

George Mason and the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

Description: Learn about the life and contributions of Founder George Mason. The list of sixteen natural rights drafted by George Mason in 1776 was adopted unanimously June 12 of that year by the Virginia Convention of Delegates. Paraphrase each clasue and compare it to a section of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Bill of Rights. Standards 8.2.3, 8.2.5, 11.1.2, and 12.1.4

Author: Bill of Rights Institute

Lesson ID: 1364

Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Description: Consider the value of moderation and personal self-discipline as it was shown by America's Founders. First, reflect on the meaning of moderation as presented in selected statements from the Founders and then think about the idea of moderation as it relates to your personal life. The Readers' Theater activity in Part III offers insights into how one Founder attempted to act with moderation in a stressful situation. Then engage in role-playing scenarios that demonstrate how the virtue of moderation might be applied in your own life. Finally, discuss ways in which the Constitution itself is a document grounded in moderation. Standards 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 12.1.3 and 12.1.4 civics

Author: Bill of Rights Institute

Lesson ID: 446

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Showing Grade 8, Unit 2b, Principles of the U.S. Constitution
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