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The Constitution is a Living Document:

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This comprehensive project is part of my unit on the Constitution called, "The Constitution is a Living Document." The purpose of this project is to assess students’ knowledge and understanding of Articles 1, 2, and 3 and 7 amendments in several ways. The project is divided into 3 sections. Section 1 covers the Constitution and includes an essay and analyzing news articles. Section 2 covers the Amendments and includes an essay and analyzing news articles. Section 3 includes a conclusion essay and the bibliography. Students will apply their understanding of Articles 1, 2, and 3 as well as certain amendments by finding an article of an event in the United States (either online or from a newspaper), summarizing the article, and then analyzing how this article connects to the Constitution.  There are also some extra credit opportunities. Although this project stands on its own after students have studied both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights either by using a textbook or other materials, it is an excellent summative assessment for my lessons on Articles 1, 2, and 3 and The Bill of Rights Unit, both of which are sold in my store.

My thematic unit, “Our Living Constitution” is designed using the Into, Through, and Beyond model of lesson planning. This project can be assigned independent of my overall thematic unit, but it is an excellent summative assessment for all my lessons on the Constitution in my unit. The lessons in the “Our Living Constitution” unit can be used independently as a supplement to what you already teach or as a whole.  

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 

What's Included

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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