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WebQuest Title:    "Know Your Rights!!!" An in depth exploration into the first ten amendments to the US Constitution

Dear Colleague: This unit is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution. Students will also learn about the problems associated with the Articles of Confederation, how these problems created a need for the Constitution, and finally, how the Bill of Rights played a crucial role in the ratification of the Constitution. In addition to these concepts, students will learn about key historical figures during this time. Finally, students will have to apply what they have learned to current events.

Author:   Michelle Williams

Date:    April 15, 2006       

Grade Level: High School American Government     

Unit Summary:
    Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will understand how the Articles of Confederation failed to successfully govern the newly formed nation
  2. Students will learn about the key historical figures that played important roles in establishing the need for the Constitution
  3. Students will understand why the Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution, as well as having an in depth understanding of what rights the first ten amendments really establish.
  4. Students will be able to apply their learned information to current events today


    Days:  
7 day unit plan (90 minute blocks), 2 days for webquest activity

    Content:  The focus of this unit will be the importance of the Bill of Rights in the ratification process of the Constitution, and how debates over the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional amendments continue to play an important role in the world today.

    Methods: this unit plan will utilize attention getters, PowerPoint lectures, group discussions and activities, a webquest activity, group presentations, and interactive notebook activities

WebQuest  Summary:
    Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will have an in-depth understanding of the first ten amendments to the US Constitution
  2. Students will examine and interpret original historical documents
  3. Students will re-write the Bill of Rights using modern-day language and real-life examples


    Days:
2 day activity
    Content:

students will examine historical documents such as the original Bill of Rights and select excerpts of the Federalist Papers. They will also examine many websites about the Bill of Rights, the rights guaranteed by each amendment, and why these specific rights were added to the Constitution


    Methods:
          

students will use internet resources to produce their own versions of the Bill of Rights

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Web-based Subject Matter Content

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_10_Notes.htm

http://www.hsp.org/default.aspx?id=511

http://www.americanrevwar.homestead.com/files/BILLOFRI.HTM

http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-928/papers.htm

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h361.html

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/rev-nation.htm

http://www.cyberlearning-world.com/nhhs/amrev/begin.htm

http://www.shaysnet.com/dshays.html

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/federalism/

Web Pedagogy Content
 http://www.thematzats.com/webquests/page2.html

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/

http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/whatis_use.asp


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


Day 1    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter Picture of the Constitutional Convention PowerPoint photo -slide 1
Introduction to Unit Lecture Unit Plan summary, expectations for students PowerPoint slides 2-3
Lecture with question and answer sessions Review of the Articles of Confederation, why the Articles failed, think ahead questions PowerPoint slides 4-11
Think ahead questions think ahead questions to introduce next day's focus material PowerPoint slide 12
Student writing activity Journal entry activity about the need for a Constitution and the problems with the Articles student interactive notebooks, could also be adapted with pen and paper
Here is a link to Day One's PowerPoint slideshow:

Day One PowerPoint: Unit Plan introduction, student expectations, Articles lecture, think ahead activity

 


Day 2    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter Photo of Daniel Shays and of the US Constitution PowerPoint slide 1
Introduction to Lecture Outline of themes to be covered - Shays' Rebellion, problems with articles, drafting process PowerPoint slide 2
PowerPoint Lecture recap of articles, introduction of new topics, Shays' Rebellion, Constitutional Convention, Great Compromise, New Jersey and Virginia Plans, Federalism, Bicameral legislature, three branches of government, separation of powers PowerPoint slides 3-14
Think ahead questions think ahead questions to introduce next day's focus material PowerPoint slide 15
Interactive notebook activity Speeches made to the Constitutional Convention PowerPoint slide 16
 

Here is a link to Day Two's PowerPoint slideshow

Day Two PowerPoint: Constitutional Convention, Shays' Rebellion, think ahead

 


Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter Photo of  "unbalanced scales" to show the mixed approval of the constitution PowerPoint slide 1
Introduction to section Expectations for students: ratification, anti-federalists and federalists, the federalist papers PowerPoint slide 2
PowerPoint lecture, quote analysis Lecture on: ratification, anti-federalists and federalists, the federalist papers PowerPoint slide 3-14
Think ahead activity exploration into the role of the bill of rights in the ratification process PowerPoint slide 15
Interactive notebook activity what types of "rights" would you want represented in a constitution? PowerPoint slide 16
 

Here is a link to Day Three's  PowerPoint slideshow

Day Three PowerPoint: ratification process, federalist and anti-federalist, federalist papers, think ahead

 


Day 4    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Introduction to section Expectations for students, Bill of Rights intro, webquest intro PowerPoint slides 2
PowerPoint lecture Bill of Rights, ratification PowerPoint slides 3-5
Webquest introduction webquest introduction, group assignments, computer lab rules PowerPoint slides 6-8
 

Here is a link to Day Four's PowerPoint slideshow

Day Four PowerPoint: ratification, Bill of Rights, webquest intro

 


Day 5    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Day One of WebQuest Activity

Here is a link to my webquest activity:

Know Your Rights Webquest


Day 6    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Know Your Rights Webquest

Day 7    Back to Top
 

Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Role Play Students will present their PowerPoint presentations to the "National Historical Society's" Banquet - (aka the class) Student PowerPoint slides
End of Unit Activity Assign groups to work on end of unit critical thinking questions interactive notebooks
Interactive notebook activity Complete a journal entry about the unit plan as a whole interactive notebooks.

 

Students WebQuest :

Know Your Rights Webquest

Credits/References: Michelle Williams, Social Science MAT Student at University of South Florida

 

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