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Continental Congress Constitutional Convention Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
Make learning about the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention easy and fun by incorporating these helpful and convenient lesson plans into your curriculum. This chapter can help you teach your students about the First and Second Continental Congresses, the Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance, and the Great Compromise. You can use these resources to develop lessons on:
- The purpose of the Continental Congress
- Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
- The Second Continental Congress
- The Constitutional Convention and Great Compromise
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1. Continental Congress Lesson Plan
Teach your students what the Continental Congress was, how it was formed and its role in American independence with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson detailing this and other information, discuss and analyze content with guiding questions, then apply learning to an activity.
2. The Continental Congress: Definition & Purpose
The First Continental Congress met in 1775 to advocate for colonial grievances against the crown. Within a year it would find itself declaring independence and running a war against the most powerful nation on Earth at the time. Develop an understanding of the Continental Congress and the progression from protest to revolution. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
3. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.
4. Second Continental Congress Lesson Plan
Teach your students about the Second Continental Congress with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text explaining its history and impact, weaving discussion questions to increase comprehension. Follow up with an activity and quiz.
5. The Second Continental Congress: Definition, Facts & Outcome
American independence left the colonists with many questions about representative government. Those questions were addressed by the Second Continental Congress. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and impact of this important political body.
6. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise
The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.
7. Bill of Rights Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Bill of Rights. Students will read a text lesson that explains what the Bill of Rights is and what's included, analyze each amendment, and apply their knowledge to an activity. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.
8. The Bill of Rights Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary
Do you like rules? Do you think your class or family rules are fair? What if you had the chance to improve them? That's what the members of the First Congress of the United States did when they created the Bill of Rights.
9. Constitutional Convention Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Teach your students about the Constitutional Convention with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text lesson that provides details about the convention, discuss and analyze in active ways, then do a project to show understanding.
10. Constitutional Convention of 1787 Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Summary
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was an important time in the history of the United States. Over many weeks, a series of laws were put together to create the document known as the United States Constitution.
11. Perpetual Union Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan, your students are going to explore the concept of the perpetual union and analyze how it impacted important American documents. They will then apply their knowledge in a mock debate.
12. The Perpetual Union: Definition & History
There are many important political debates in American history, but the nature of the perpetual union is amongst the most serious. In this lesson, we'll examine this concept and see what it's meant across US history.
13. Articles of Confederation Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Before the Constitution of the United States, there were the Articles of Confederation. In this lesson, students will explore the development of this early document and learn why it had to be replaced.
14. Second Continental Congress Lesson Plan for Elementary School
What was the Second Continental Congress, and what went on there? Answer these and other questions with students with this text-based lesson that uses an interactive game and activity, then tests understanding with a quiz.
15. First Continental Congress Lesson Plan for Elementary School
With this lesson plan, students learn about the role of the First Continental Congress in American history. They will use this information to write their own letter to George III, and compare their letters to the actual petition of the colonists.
16. Articles of Confederation Lesson Plan
Use a Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the Articles of Confederation. A group activity challenges students to demonstrate what they've learned, then continue the learning experience with additional activities and lessons.
17. Constitutional Convention Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan and a video lesson from Study.com, you'll have all that you need to thoroughly teach the Constitutional Convention. Engage students with an in-class activity, then further learning with extensions and related lessons.
18. The Constitutional Convention Simulation Lesson Plan
This lesson plan begins with a video to introduce to students the Constitutional Convention and how it shaped American history as we know it. Students will then use this knowledge to actively participate in a Constitutional Convention simulation.
19. The Bill of Rights Unit Plan
Use this unit plan to learn about the Bill of Rights and the foundations of American freedom. You will find a variety of lesson plans, discussion questions, essay prompts, and project ideas to help students learn about America's List of Freedom.
20. The United States Constitution Unit Plan
As the foundation of the United States government, the US Constitution is taught in civics, economics, or government classes. The following is an outline for a unit plan on the United States Constitution.
21. Electoral College Discussion Questions
The electoral college can be difficult for students of all levels to fully understand. These discussion questions can help your students grasp the concepts and explain their thinking in order to solidify their learning.
22. United States Constitution Project Ideas for Middle School
The United States Constitution provides a framework for our form of government and outlines basic laws and the rights of citizens. This asset provides suggestions for middle school projects about the United States Constitution.
23. United States Constitution Project Ideas for High School
Are you studying the United States Constitution? The projects listed in this asset offer great opportunities for high school students to think critically about the U.S. Constitution and to come to a very deep understanding of this important document.
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