Unit 6: Creating Governments

Essential Question: How did Americans’ experiences affect the decisions they made about government?

Guiding Questions:

  • From where would Americans draw their ideas about government?
  • What were the goals of the Articles of Confederation?
  • Why was the Articles ultimately unsuccessful?
  • What were the goals of the Constitution? How did the writers accomplish these goals?
  • How do we elect the President?
  • Should we keep the electoral college system?

Assessments: 

Test at the end of the unit on relevant vocabulary and concepts.

Additional Materials for the Governments Unit 

 

Day 15 (79) (5/25, 5/26, 5/27)

GQ: What was the 3/5 compromise? Why is it in the Constitution?

  1. Discussed what the Constitution says about slavery.
  2. Added 3/5 compromise to our elements charts.
  3. Practiced applying 3/5 compromise to sample census data
    Sample Census Table
  4. Discussed the main goals of the Constitution and how those goals were accomplished.

HW

  1. If you didn’t finish adding 3/5 Compromise to your elements of the Constitution chart, then please do so for homework (7-1)
  2. In class, we made a list of limits and balances in the Constitution. For each item on the list, explain specifically how it accomplished the goal of creating an effective, limited government. I will ask you on this upcoming test to write a short essay about this so please take time to do a good job and bring in the questions you have.
  3. Unit test on the creating governments unit on Thursday, June 2nd (7-3) and Friday, June 3rd (7-2 and 7-1). We will look over our test review sheets next class to go over what you need to know and study to prepare for the test.

    Test Review Sheet 2016

    If you’re missing any hand outs you can download them here:

    https://humanities7.wordpress.com/unit-5-creating-governments-handouts/

Day 14 (78) (5/23, 5/24, 5/25)

GQ: Should we keep using the electoral college system?

  1. Students shared their homework paragraphs with their partners.
  2. Discussed whether we should keep the electoral college as a class.
  3. Worked to identify alternative approaches to electing the President.
  4. Added electoral college to our elements charts

HW

Make a packet of test materials for your unit test.

Test Review Sheet 2016

Day 13 (77)

GQ: Should we keep using the electoral college system?

  1. Students worked to help each other understand the ideas they identified for homework.

Day 12 (76) (5/16, 5/17)

GQ: How do we elect the President?

  1. Reviewed previous night’s homework
  2. Looked at US Census data
  3. Worked on US Presidential election worksheet
    Electoral College Math

HW

Work on part IV from the worksheet and answer the bottom of the worksheet question.

5/12, 5/13 (75)

Slavery in the Constitution

5/12 7-3

Personal project presentions.

Day 11 (5/10 7-3, 5/11 7-1,) (74)

GQ: What is a district? What are the different districts that represent you?

  1. Identified specific current events issues that each level of government is dealing with.
  2. Completed Federalism Constitution handout
  3. Viewed various district maps

HW

Work on the census and electoral college handouts.

Day 10 (73)

GQ: How did the Constitution balance the powers of the Federal and State governments?

  1. Identified different government powers.
  2. Added elements to our Constitution chart.
  3. Identified different parts of our government and the roles in each

HW

Find the names of the people in each job.

Day 9 (72)

GQ: How did the Constitution balance the powers of the Federal and State governments?

  1. Quiz (35 minutes)
  2. Worked on identifying the various powers of each level of government.

Day 8 (5/2 7-3,  5/3 7-1) (71)

GQ: What were the goals of the Constitution? How did the writers accomplish these goals?

  1. Added new vocabulary to charts
  2. Added elements to elements of the Constitution chart

HW

Study for quiz

Day 7 (4/21 7-3, 4/22 7-1, 5/3 7-2) (70)

GQ: What were the goals of the Constitution? How did the writers accomplish these goals?

  1. Finished the checks and balances chart and worksheet.

Day 6 (4/19 7-3, 4/20 7-1, 4/22 7-2) (69)

GQ: What were the goals of the Constitution? How did the writers accomplish these goals?

  1. Discussed separation of powers and checks and balances in the Constitution

Federal Checks and Balances and Separation of Powers in the Constitution

Separation of Powers

Day 5 (4/15 7-3, 4/18 7-1, 4/20 7-2) (68)

GQ: What were the goals of the Constitution? How did the writers accomplish these goals?

  1. Discussed whether the Great Compromise was fair to both big and small states.
  2. Defined key vocabulary terms relevant to the unit.
  • Legislative branch
  • Compromise
  • Representation
  • United States Congress
  • Senate
  • House of Representatives

3. Read chapter 39. Identified key elements of the Constitution

HW

Finish reading chapter 39. Identify and describe three key elements of the Constitution.

Day 4 (4/18 for 7-2) (67)

  1. Discussed the possible positive and negative outcomes for the US because of the Articles.
  2. Discussed the goals of the Constitution.
  3. Defined key terms: Legislature, Compromise, Representation

HW

Read chapter 38. Define: New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great (Connecticut Compromise)

Day 4 (4/14 7-1) (67)

GQ: What were the goals of the Articles?

  1. Worked on groupwork sheet about chapter 32
  2. Discussed the possible positive and negative outcomes for the US because of the Articles.

HW

Read chapter 38. Define: New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great (Connecticut Compromise)

Day 4 (4/13 7-3) (67)

GQ: Why was the Articles ultimately unsuccessful?

  1. Discussed the possible positive and negative outcomes for the US because of the Articles.
  2. Discussed the goals of the Constitution.
  3. Read chapter 38 and defined key terms.

Day 3 (4/11, 4/12) (66) 

GQ: What were the goals of the Articles of Confederation?

  1. Reviewed work from chapter 32 from last class.
  2. Worked with our tables to answer questions about chapter 32.
    Classwork ch 32

HW

7-3 no homework

7-2, 7-1 Finish the group worksheet we started in class.

Day 2 (4/7 for 7-3, 7-2 lost this day because of state testing on 4/6, 7-1 lost this day because of PT Conferences on 4/8) (65)

GQ: What were the goals of the Articles of Confederation?

  1. Students read chapter 32. Identified problems in the nation and elements of the Articles.
  2. Worked to combine ideas.

HW

No HW

Day 1 (4/5 for 7-3, 4/6 for 7-1, 4/8 for 7-2) (64)

GQ: From where would Americans draw their ideas about government?

  1. Switched seats for the new unit.
  2. Discussed sources of American ideas about government.
  3. Discussed the nature and sources of political power.
  4. Read chapter 29. Discussed questions from the chapter.

HW

  1. Read chapter 31. (7-3, 7-1)

1. Read chapter 32 (7-2 only)

Answer:

  • Make a list of problems that existed in the United States after the Revolutionary War was over.
  • Make a list of characteristics and specific parts of the Articles of Confederation.

 

 

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