About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Making of a New Nation chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||State constitutions and the Articles of Confederation||Development of state constitutions after the Revolutionary War, strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance and the Shays Rebellion|
|Tuesday||The U.S. Constitution||The Constitutional Convention, contents of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights|
|Wednesday||Key figures of the new nation||The United States under George Washington, constitutional views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and Federalist-Republican conflicts|
|Thursday||The French Revolution, Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers||American involvement in foreign affairs and wars, domestic challenges to the new nation, including opposition to a liquor tax and conflicts with Native Americans|
|Friday||Presidency of John Adams||Alien and Sedition Acts, controversial appointments and the XYZ Affair|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. George Washington and the New United States Government
George Washington was the United States' first president. He knew everything he did would set the stage for future presidents of the country. A heavy weight was on his shoulders, and much of what he established in his two terms set the precedent for presidents today.
9. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans
Although President Washington warned against the nation falling into political factions, the different views of the Constitution held by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists and Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans set the path for the two-party system that the U.S. has today.
10. The French Revolution, Jay Treaty and Treaty of San Lorenzo
In the U.S., early foreign affairs were of incredible importance. For the young nation to survive, they had to exist in a world with tense relations. Should the new nation get involved in foreign wars? How do they negotiate with foreign powers? This lesson looks at the early foreign relations of the United States.
11. The Whiskey Rebellion and Battle of Fallen Timbers
In the early days of the U.S., President Washington and the new government were tested by foreign and domestic issues. How these issues were dealt with would establish the young nation's position. Domestically, the Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers demonstrated how rebellion and territorial issues would be decided.
12. President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair
John Adams was an important founder of the United States. In many ways, he was the voice of the Revolution. As president, he had some proud shining moments and one major blight on his legacy.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Middle School US History Curriculum Resource & Lesson Plans course
- First Contacts in the Americas: Middle School Lesson Plans
- Settling North America & the Colonies: Middle School Lesson Plans
- The Revolutionary War: Middle School Lesson Plans
- The Virginia Dynasty: Middle School Lesson Plans
- Jacksonian Democracy: Middle School Lesson Plans
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America: Middle School Lesson Plans
- Manifest Destiny & American Expansion: Middle School Lesson Plans
- Buildup to the American Civil War: Middle School Lesson Plans
- The American Civil War: Middle School Lesson Plans
- After the Civil War - Reconstruction: Middle School Lesson Plans
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century: Middle School Lesson Plans
- The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century: Middle School Lesson Plans
- American Imperialism & World War I: Middle School Lesson Plans
- 1920s America: Middle School Lesson Plans
- America and the Great Depression: Middle School Lesson Plans
- America & the Second World War
- Post-War and the Cold War: Middle School Lesson Plans
- Civil Rights Movements in America: Middle School Lesson Plans
- America in the 1970s: Middle School Lesson Plans
- America from 1992 to the Present: Middle School Lesson Plans