The Great Compromise Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Great Compromise. An anchor video lesson explains the Great Compromise and steps students through historical events that led to its conception. Discussion questions, a quiz and activities are weaved in for maximum understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the components of the Great Compromise
  • discuss the events surrounding the Great Compromise
  • ask and answer questions about the Great Compromise


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Timeline templates, one for each student
  • Shoe boxes, one for each group
  • Craft materials to create diorama such as cotton, construction paper, felt, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Articles of the Confederation
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Great Compromise of 1787
  • Daniel Shays
  • Shay's Rebellion
  • Virginia Plan
  • New Jersey Plan

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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