Origins of the Constitution and Essential Terms
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The purpose of this lesson, which is Lesson 2 in my unit "Our Living Constitution" is for students 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.
My unit: “Our Living Constitution” is designed using the Into, Through, and Beyond model of lesson planning. This lesson can be taught independently, but it does set the foundation for future lessons in the unit. All of the lessons in my "Our Living Constitution" unit can be purchased independently or as a bundled product
Here is a summary of what is in the unit:
Into Lessons: Creating Schema
Lesson 1: Overview of the Constitution of the United States of America Slideshow and Notetaker
Lesson 2: Origins of the Constitution Essential Terms and Notetaker
Lesson 3: The Seven Principles of the Constitution
Through Lessons: Learning the Content
Lesson 4: Preamble and Preamble Project
Lesson 5: The Three Branches of Government: Articles 1, 2, and 3
Lesson 6: How a Bill Becomes a Law and Project
Lesson 7: Federalism and the System of Checks and Balances
Lesson 8: Articles 4-7
Lesson 9: The Bill of Rights Unit (and a LIttle About Amendments 11-27)
Extras (from the Unit: Every Four Years… The Presidential Election)
Lesson 10: What Are Your Political Viewpoints?
Lesson 11: Major and Minor Political Parties
Lesson 12: A Brief History of Who Can Vote
Lesson 13: Nuts and Bolts of the Presidential Election
Beyond Lessons: Summative Assessments
Study Guides and Tests are included with many of the lessons
Two Comprehensive Projects to Assess Knowledge and Understanding
The Constitution is a Living Document Project
The Bill of Rights Explained Project
The lessons can be used independently as a supplement to what you already teach or as a whole. Every lesson includes the following: an Introduction or Purpose of the Lesson, Objectives, Learning Targets, Standards (California Common Core Standards), detailed Directions, and when applicable, charts, readings, questions, answer keys. Some lessons include summative assessments and rubrics. Opportunities for students to reflect on what they know are built into this unit and those can be used as formative and/or summative assessments.
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