Ch 6: US Founding Documents & Debates - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Allow us to assist you in learning about US founding documents and debates. Learning these materials will give you adequate preparation for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: US Founding Documents & Debates - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter were put together so you can review or learn new information about US founding documents in preparation for questions on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy test. These topics will also be addressed:

  • Thirteen colonies and their systems of government
  • Colonial governments
  • The emergence of colonial government
  • The creation of state constitutions
  • Documents that influenced the writers of the Constitution
  • Disadvantages of the Articles of Confederation
  • Ratification of the Constitution

The goal of these lessons is to get you ready for the material that is on the MTEL exam. In order to know if you are ready for this exam, you can utilize the self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: US Founding Documents & Debates Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam is to test your subject knowledge as a condition of earning a teaching license in the state of Massachusetts. The materials you come across in this chapter are part of the subarea 2 section of the exam, which makes up 20% of the entire test.

You will be asked to answer multiple-choice questions, where you will have to draw upon the government knowledge that you picked up from this chapter. Make sure you are ready for the actual exam by taking a quiz at the end of every lesson.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: US Founding Documents & Debates - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies

1. Systems of Government in the Thirteen Colonies

The 13 colonies each had their own systems of government, but all of them worked in similar ways. Explore the various systems of colonial government, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Influences on the Emergence of Colonial Government

2. Influences on the Emergence of Colonial Government

While the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were revolutionary documents, their ideas were not pulled out of thin air. This lesson shows some of the earlier documents that helped guide those important texts.

Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War

3. Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War

In this lesson, you will explore not one, not two, but three different attempts at colonial government by Americans during the Revolutionary War. Discover their impacts and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

4. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution

5. Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is a very important document, but the ideas within reflect centuries of innovative ideas about government and society. Explore various documents that influenced the U.S. Constitution.

Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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