The Three-Fifths Compromise Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan revolves around a video lesson on the Three-Fifths Compromise. It will provide a quiz, an activity, and discussion points that will help students understand the various issues surrounding the Three-Fifths Compromise.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Describe what the Northern and Southern states wanted with respect to the Three Fifths Compromise
  • Understand the purpose of the Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Identify who the Three-Fifths Compromise benefited the most and why


  • 1 to 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the Three-Fifths Clause (Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution), one for each student
  • Copies of the Thirteenth Amendment, one for each student

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

Key Vocabulary

Write the following terms and their definitions on the board for students to copy to aid in vocabulary retention. Instruct students to ask questions if they don't understand something.

  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Articles of Confederation
  • U.S. Constitution
  • James Madison

Another option is to wait until the lesson and discussion is over. Write the terms on the board, and ask volunteers to come up and write the definitions in their own words. As a class, students can gauge how accurate the definition is and what, if anything, they would change.

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