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Origins of the Constitution and Essential Terms

Origins of the Constitution and Essential Terms
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Grade 6, 7, 8, 9

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The purpose of this 40-page lesson, "Origins of the Constitution and Essential Terms" is for students in grades 6-9 to place the origins of the United States Constitution in a historical context.  Students will read a text about the origins of the Constitution and will see that the foundational principles of our nation are rooted in Ancient Greek and Roman governmental principles, the ideas of the Enlightenment and the Enlightenment philosophers John Locke and Baron de Montesquieu, the government of the Iroquois Confederacy, English law, and colonial governments and laws. In addition, students will be exploring the meanings of essential terms for a unit on the Constitution.

The Origins of the Constitution is lesson 2 in my unit: “Our Living Constitution,” which s designed using the Into, Through, and Beyond lesson planning model. All the lessons in the Constitution unit can be used independently or as a supplement to what you already teach or as a whole.  Here is a summary of what is in the unit:

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Into Lessons: Creating Schema

Through Lessons: Learning the Content

Extras (from the Unit: Every Four Years… The Presidential Election)

Beyond Lessons: Summative Assessments

What's Included

The following is included in the lesson:

--A detailed lesson plan with objectives and learning targets aligned to the Common Core Standards

--Understanding Essential Terms for the Origins of the Constitution

--Origins of the Constitution Reading

--Origins of the Constitution Chart and Key

--K.I.M. Vocabulary for Essential Terms of the Origins of the Constitution and Key

--Origins of the Constitution Study Guide and Key

--Origins of the Constitution Test and Key

Resource Tags

Civics Government U.S. HistoryConstitution enlightenment thinkerscolonial governmentsiroquois confederacyEnglish governmentreading and assessment

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