Benchmark: SS.7.C.1.1 Illustrate the structure and function (three of branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution.
Benchmark: SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution
Task I: Engineering the US Flag As we celebrate Veteran's Day and continue to study the events of Colonial America, we start to realize that our country was founded on the idea of fighting for freedom. The American Flag has become a symbol of our country and a symbol of freedom around the world. Today, we are going to be taking a brief look at the history of the US Flag and attempt to "engineer" a new design for the modern United States. You may work with a a partner to do this and may use the iPads to help garner ideas. The following links will help you learn more about the history of our flag.What YOUR flag needs:
Must be an original design which portrays the new America
Must be able the "stand-up" to be seen by other groups
Needs to have historical significance
Must include a written description of the "meaning" behind your symbols chosen
Now that you have a basic understanding of the six amendments outlined in our standard, I want you to take it to the next level. You will be creating cartoon images depicting the impact of each of the amendments. There is additional information below which provides further descriptions and details about each amendment. Your cartoons should include the following information:
Your name, date, class period
A title for each cartoon (i.e. "Women's Suffrage - the 19th Amendment")
An explanation of the amendment's impact, through words, images or dialogue
Creativity, proper spelling/grammar, mastery of the information...
Copy this chart into your spiral. We will be using it as a reference as we begin our discussion about the Constitution and its creation.
Now that we have taken a look at why the Articles of Confederation did not work, we will begin to look at the Constitution. We will begin by looking at an article-by-article overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution. You will learn about the duties and powers of the three branches, the amendment process, and the role of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
Your task is to use the iCivics reading to fill out the Constitution Table of Contents in your spiral. This is just a brief overview of the Constitution. We will be digging much deeper into it in days and weeks to come.
Learning Goal, Benchmark, & Scales Learning Goal: Students will understand how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the development of the Constitution, and that the U.S. Constitution establishes the government. Standards SS.7.C.1.4 - Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence SS.7.C.1.5 – Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution
Part I: Create a T-Chart of the strengths and weakness of the Articles of Confederation. (See image to the right)
Part II: Below your Articles of Confederation T-Chart, create a three column chart on your paper. At the top of each column write the title of EACH "plan" that was introduced as a way to organize the legislative branch. In each column, summarize the main points of the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, and the Compromise made in the Constitution. (Example to the right)