Ch 5: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 5: Creating the Constitution (1781-1789)

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The Creating the Constitution (1781-1789) chapter of this Prentice Hall US History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the development of the Constitution. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Creating the Constitution textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • State constitutions
  • The Articles of Confederation and its drawbacks
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • John Locke and the Two Treatises
  • Ratification and parts of the Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Government branches
  • Election-related amendments and voting rights
  • Amending prohibition

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13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 5: Creating the Constitution (1781-1789)
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Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

1. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

After the revolution, the states had to figure out what the rule of the people would be like. The early state constitutions and how they were drafted would inform the process and the resulting document that would become the U.S. Constitution.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

2. 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.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

3. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

4. 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.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

5. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

6. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

7. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

The Process of Amending the Constitution

8. The Process of Amending the Constitution

Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.

The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

9. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

The Election-Related Amendments of the US Constitution

10. The Election-Related Amendments of the US Constitution

This lesson will define the term ''amendment'' in reference to the United States Constitution. It will then focus on election procedures as delineated in Amendments 12, 17, 20, 22, 23, 25, & 27.

Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution

11. Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution

This lesson will explore the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments of the United States Constitution. In doing so, it will define the term 'amendments' while also discussing how each of these changed the vote within America.

The Prohibition Amendments of the US Constitution

12. The Prohibition Amendments of the US Constitution

This lesson will explain the era of Prohibition. It will highlight the temperance movement, the Volstead Act, and the 18th and 21st Amendments. It will also define speakeasies and bootlegging.

The 11th, 13th, 14th & 16th Amendments of the US Constitution

13. The 11th, 13th, 14th & 16th Amendments of the US Constitution

This lesson will define the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 16th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. It will define the terms amendment and ratify, while also highlighting the clauses of the 14th Amendment.

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