Q2W6: November 22-December 2

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #16
Unit of InstructionArticles of Confederation/Constitution
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.1.1 Provide supporting details for an answer from text, interview for oral history, check validity of information from research/text, and identify strong vs. weak arguments.

SS.8.A.3.9 Evaluate the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and its aspects that led to the Constitutional Convention.

SS.8.A.3.10 Examine the course and consequences of the Constitutional Convention (New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great Compromise, Three-Fifths Compromise, compromises regarding taxation and slave trade, Electoral College, state vs. federal power, empowering a president).

SS.8.A.3.11 Analyze support and opposition (Federalists, Federalist Papers, AntiFederalists, Bill of Rights) to ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Students can identify 3 of the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation; predict the consequences of them; and propose how to fix them. 
  • Students will predict the compromises of the Constitutional Convention


Classroom Activities


Revolutionary War Advantages and Strategies – Chart 


Revolutionary War Notes Guided Notes

Revolutionary War Notes PPT


Rev War News Report:

  • Make a 60 second News Broadcast about one of the events discussed today.
  • Include:
  • What happened? (At least 6 facts, in a story format) (6 pts)
  • Why is it important?/What are some possible effects? (2 pts)
  • How would each side (Patriots and British/Loyalists) feel about it? (Interviews?) (2 pts)


Finish/Present Newsreports

Unit 4 Vocab Pt 2

  • Constitution – a written plan of government
  • Republic- a government where citizens rule through elected representatives
  • Ordinance – a law
  • Depression- a period of slowed economic activity
  • Confederation – a loose alliance of multiple countries that agree to work together
  • Proportional- corresponding in size

Experiencing the Articles of Confederation

Assignments Due
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