Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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This lesson teaches students about the Articles of Confederation and the issues with the Articles of Confederation. They then create a one pager where they analyze a quote discussing the issues of the Articles of Confederation.
This inquiry focuses on Shays' Rebellion. It's a fantastic inquiry that stays true to the inquiry process with an approach the fits with the real-world classroom. With this inquiry, the students investigate the reasons for Shays' Rebellion and the response. At the end of the inquiry, the students design a monument for Daniel Shays, and with this monument design, the students must think about long-standing themes in U.S. History - freedom, rebellion, and heroism.
With this lesson, I've created a straightforward presentation that helps students to focus on the basics of the Constitutional Convention - what were the found fathers debating? How did they come to a compromise? I've included both the Connecticut (Great) Compromise and the 3/5th's Compromise.
This lesson focuses on the basics relating to the three branches of government - the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches. It also explains Checks and Balances and provides scenarios for students to analyze. The text is presented in a clear and easy to understand format in an engaging infographic style.
This lesson focuses on the system of Federalism. The presentation discusses the different types of powers and how they are distributed between the state and the federal government. The students then apply their knowledge by analyzing headlines.
This lesson provides a fun and educationally structured debate for students to discuss the controversy regarding the Electoral College. This includes up-to-date information - including the 2016 election! I've included a background reading the explains the Electoral College, and two readings that provide opposing viewpoints for students to review before they debate. In addition, one of my fellow Math teachers worked with me to create a lesson to help students understand the math behind the Electoral College. This lesson discusses percentages and proportions and helps students to visualize the way the Electoral College works.
This lesson focuses on the Bill of Rights. Students will complete an interactive presentation and then visit stations relating to the Supreme Court rulings and teenagers. My students were thoroughly engaged and their learning was substantial. They absolutely loved these activities!
Help your students build and retain key vocabulary terms with a visually appealing word wall. These resources include 42-word wall terms related to the Constitution and a review puzzle to support your students' learning.
Review and 2 versions of Exam - This includes two different versions of an assessment for the 3 lessons in my Constitution unit and a review worksheet for the entire unit. Both assessments include a holistic 5-point rubric for grading.
The Constitution – 16-19 daily lesson plans including an authentic structured inquiry, comprehensive coverage of the Constitution, and a debate about the Electoral College! All are classroom and digitally friendly to meet the needs of the modern classroom. You can view more in the preview here.
☆☆☆Engaging, student-centered, and make for the middle school mind!☆☆☆
Topics Include: Shays’ Rebellion, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, the Electoral College, Federalism, the three branches of government, the Bill of Rights among many more!
The files include a PDF version, a PowerPoint version, and a link to a Google Slides version for most all documents. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE.
I’ve also included a pacing guide to help you plan!
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