USF's WebQuest 

 

Title:  The Birth of a New Idea: The United States Constitution

Grade: 6-8th     

Author: Raechel Alequin

Date:› April 25, 2005

Teacher's Page

Unit Summary

Teacher's Resources

Day 1 Lesson

Day 2 Lesson

Day 3 Lesson

Day 4 Lesson

Day 5 Lesson

 

 

Conclusion

Student's Web Quest

 

               

Dear Colleague:

This unit is designed to establish an understanding of the government within our United States Constitution. The three different types of government as well as the founders of our constitution will be discussed.

 

UNIT SUMMARY
 

Goals/Objectives:

1. Students will be able to identify the three branches of government the United States utilizes, they will also learn about the writers ofthe  constitution and compare the different provisions within it.

2. Students will be able to identify the steps taken in the Constitution to prevent the abuse of power and be able to explain why the Constitution is considered to be a flexible document.

3. Students will also be able to construct their own constitution through following the procedures taken to create our current one.  

NCSS Theme:

Time, Continuity, and Change; Culture; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance

Days:

 FIVE
 

Content:

 The United States Constitution
 

Methods:

Lecture, Fryer Model using vocabulary, Silent Reading, Read Aloud, Social Interaction Group work), Writing activity:
›› žDear DiaryÓ, Questioning activity, K-W-L

WEBQUEST  SUMMARY:
 

Goals/Objectives:

1. Student will be able to search through the internet and take the necessary steps so that they will learn about the constitution, how itwascreated, who were the founding fathers, and why this is such an important document in our history.

2. Students will then be able to use the Constitution as an example and create their own constitution.

3. Students will  follow the precedent of our constitution; list the reasons for creating a constitution, and create a preamble. They will also include their own Bill of Rights.
 

Days:

TWO
 

Content:

The United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, Preamble

Methods:

Students will be split into groups of four and begin to form their own constitution

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

 

Web-based Subject Matter Content

  http://www.constitutioncenter.org/explore/The U.S.Constitution/index.shtml

 http://www.gshaskell.com/creatingtheconstitution.html

 http://www.ulv.edu/lead/pdf/r1.pdf

 http://www.lawcornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html

 http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=Constitution&Submenu=3&Tab=statutes›››››

 

Web Pedagogy Content

  http://www.chicopee.mec.edu/webquestinfo.htm

http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/webquest/webquest.htm

http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQuests.html

 Other Resources:

Bill of Rights

Preamble to the Constitution


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Anticipation Guide: Constitution

This is a graphic organizer with two columns in it. The students will gain a slight insight into the topic of the next five days.

Handout

Lecture

Introduction to the topic of the Constitution

Textbook

Purpose Setting Activity: Vocabulary/ Fryer Model

Students will use the Fryer Model in learning new vocabulary words for this chapter.

Handout

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Silent Reading: Chapter Text

Students will read their part of the text relating to the Constitution

Textbook

Brief Lecture

Lecture of the three branches of government, the constitution and its role in our society, the founding fathers, and the purpose of the Bill of Rights

Textbook

Read Aloud: Bill of Rights

Students will take turns reading aloud the Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights


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Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Read Aloud: Preamble to the Constitution

Students will read aloud the preamble to the constitution and understand the meaning behind it.

Handout, Textbook

Lecture

Power point presentation on the Constitution

Powerpoint Presentation

Social Interaction: Creating a new Constitution/Webquest

Students will split into groups of four and begin to form their own constitution. Roles will be assigned and they will follow the precedent of our own constitution.

Internet, Textbook, Various materials

Webquest


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Lesson Plan Outline

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

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)

Discussion:

Students will then share their newly created own constitution. They will explain how they came to their finished solution and what methods they used and why.

Completed constitution

Writing Activity: "Dear Diary"

Students will engage in a "Dear Diary" situation. They will pretend they are one of the writers of the constitution. They will write the possible feelings of anxiety, pressure, and anticipation. Students will discuss their possible views and how they feel the constitution should be written. Also any dilemmas regarding this document should also be discussed.

Paper, Pen


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)

Questioning Activity:

Students will be given a guided imagery. Students will imagine that they are alive and well back in 1776. The constitution has just been created. Students will begin to question the following:

Handout

K-W-L

Students will together go over K-W-L, to see what they have learned about the constitution and the bill of rights.

K-W-L

Assessment

Students will be given a quiz on the chapter covered as one part, and as a second assessment their interactive constitution will be counted

Quiz

 

 

Conclusion: After the completion of this unit students will have gained a clear understanding of the United States Constitution, and the purpose behind it. They will have learned what exactly the preamble to the Constitution is and what it means. How the Bill of Rights play an important role in our everyday lives and who the founding fathers are. Students will have learned key terms associated with this unit, and how the constitution was created. They will also have been given experience in creating their own constitution and will have been able to go through the various steps in creating one.

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