A New Nation – Constitution and Constitutional Convention Lesson Plans

lesson plansWinning independence was easy compared to the difficult task of building a new nation. Lessons in this section will focus on the Constitution, first presidents and foreign affairs in the early years of our nation’s existence.

Check out this blog post with resources I use in my classroom every year!

Influential Government Document Inquiry Activity

How the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights and Mayflower Compact impacted the development of American government.

Constitution Pocket Guide

This is a resource that I use each year in which students create their own “book” about the Constitution.  The pages have graphic organizers that allows them to organize their Constitution notes in a user-friendly way.  You could have the students actually create a book by designing a cover and creatively binding it, or you can cut out the pages and tape/glue them into their notes journal.

Monroe Doctrine Political Cartoon Exploration

I really enjoy analyzing political cartoons with my students.  I use this powerpoint to start my lesson on the Monroe Doctrine.  We talk about propaganda and symbolism before looking at the images.  I project them onto the screen in my classroom and we discuss each image individually and attempt to find the symbolism and a possible meaning.  I usually ask a different student to lead the discussion of each image.  They enjoy using the pointy stick to identify elements being discussed.

Is Compromise Always Fair?

This inquiry allows students to investigate the fairness of compromise by examining documents related to the adoption of the Great Compromise.  You can download the lessons in PDF or DOC format from C3teachers.org for free!

Can the Structure of the US Government Prevent a Dictatorship

This inquiry from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District (KY) is designed for 10th grade but can be modified to fit a lower grade level.  Students investigate primary sources to determine if the Constitution organizes our government in a way that protects us from dictatorship.  This is a great inquiry that will allow students to really connect to the Constitution.


This awesome website has so many great primary source lessons and activities related to the Constitution!

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