Founding Documents

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Social Studies
American History

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Founding Documents

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 4 he)

Founding Documents

- Have the students read and annotate passages about the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and U.S. Constitution.- Have the students answer questions, about the passage. Such as what is the Declaration of Independence, when was it written, who wrote it? what are the Articles of Confederation, how did they come to be, why did they not work? What is the Constitution, why did they work better than the Articles of Confederation, why are the Bill of Rights important? Things of that nature.


- Have a mock relationship of England and the 13 colonies. - Ask what students would do in each scenario. - Discuss better options with the students.


AR Frameworks: C.5.4.1 Identify and explain the purpose of the founding documents: Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and United States Constitution.




Mock Continental Congress - Students will divide into groups, and each group will be a "colony."- The colonies will then debate whether it is better to have a confederation or a democracy. - The colonies will then vote on what type of government they want for their classroom- The students will then draw up their own founding document based on their decision.

JeopardyStudents will divide into three groups and play jeopardy to assess the knowledge that they have gained through the lesson.

Large piece of paper for the founding documentMarkers for the founding documentJeopardy powerpoint with questions from the lessons





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