Constitution

Constitution Unit Scope

This document supports teachers in organizing the content and tasks for a unit of study.

Essential Questions

These questions guide teachers in driving instruction for students.

How does the Constitution...

  • govern our nation?
  • both give and limit power in the government?
  • explain and protect citizens’ rights and responsibilities?
  • teacher’s choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

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Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

This section is organized by subtopic so that teachers can match relevant content to critical themes.These articles can help you target student understanding for each key topic.

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Primary Sources: The Articles of Confederation

Primary Sources: The Constitution of the United States of America

Primary Sources: The Bill of Rights

Primary Sources: The Constitution, Amendments 11-17

Primary Sources: James Madison’s Federalist Papers No. 10

Primary Sources: James Madison’s Federalist Papers No. 51

Primary Sources: Hamilton and the Electoral College, Federalist Paper No. 68

Primary Sources: Marbury vs Madison Supreme Court Decision

Primary Sources: Thomas Jefferson Drafts a Law on Religious Freedom

Presidential Profile: James Madison

Politicians: Alexander Hamilton

Presidential Profile: Thomas Jefferson

The Anti-Federalists: The Other Founders of America’s Constitutional Tradition?

The New Nation: Ordinary Americans and the Constitution

Our system of checks and balances

Issue Overview: U.S. Supreme Court

Issue Overview: How the U.S. elects its presidents

What does the president’s Cabinet do?

How a bill becomes law

Issue Overview: U.S. war powers

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation.Teachers can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

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PRO Activities

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Group Jigsaw - The Articles of Confederation

Lesson Plan

Resource: The U.S. Constitution

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: Explain the connections between the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers.

Prompt B: What processes, structures, and rules are outlined in the United States Constitution? Which do you think are effective? Which do you think are ineffective? Why?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

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API Webinar

PRO Activities

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The New Nation: Ordinary Americans and the Constitution

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  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: Why did some Americans oppose the Constitution when it was first proposed? Do you think their positions are relevant today? Explain.

Prompt B: To what extent does the addition of the Bill of Rights address their concerns?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

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How a bill becomes law

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Despite protests, President-elect Trump wins Electoral College Vote

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: What sections of the Constitution need to be adapted to align with our country's present beliefs?

Prompt B: Should the Constitution be a living document? Whose narratives and experiences are missing from the document?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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