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The standard for this lesson is for students to interpret the intentions of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. Students will express their understanding of the Preamble by writing a preamble for their school. The second day of this lesson focuses on how news spread during the 1700s and how technology has changed the way people receive news today.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-10-29.
Very awesome lesson girls! I enjoyed the activity where the students have to play "telephone" in order to learn about the miscommunication / misinterpretation that can take place when people are sharing information, especially in the 1700's. The use of the School Handbook as compared to the sets of rules and regulations necessary to maintain order in the Constitution was also a very clever idea, and I am sure many students read the entire School Handbook when they had to bring it home and have their parents or guardians sign it, right? A suggestion would be to add more to the media, possibly by coming up with a few examples of research that you could do on your Smartboard via the internet. You could say, "Hey, I heard a rumor about this Constitution thing, let's check out what Google has to say", research the material right in front of the students, and then transition into taking away all of the media and doing your telephone game. Just a thought, but I really like this lesson plan overall and I think it would be an excellent introduction to the Constitution! Nice work!
Nice work- love the class discussion portion of the main activity. Anytime you can throw some literacy instruction in there with a civics lesson is a win for students. Asking them to cooperatively construct a preamble for the school is a stroke of genius; not only are you getting them to produce an original statement in groups, but also getting them to think about the meaning and purpose behind the constitutional preamble. Also really liked the simulation of news dissemination amongst a largely illiterate population through the game of telephone- that's always a lot of fun, and in this case serves an instructional purpose. Also, allowing them to share their preambles in small groups before choosing one to share with the class as a group seems like a nice, low-stress way to approach the traditional "present to the class" format. Excellent lesson, wouldn't really change anything about it. Best of luck to both of you next year and beyond!
Danielle and Alecia,
Great Lesson! Connecting the School handbook to the Constitution was an excellent idea and definitely gives students something to identify with. I think that when you connect a lesson to students lives or school life they seem to become very intrigued and instantly connected to the lesson. The only suggestion that I have for improvement would be to possibly have the teacher review the students Preambles before using them for the activity that shows how information was spread and the blog. The reason for this I think would be to insure that all of the students have written substantial Preambles, so that they are not submitting something they just threw together and then posting it on the blog. Overall, I think this was a good lesson and I think it would be very effective in the 7th grade classroom.
I really like this lesson girls. You had me worried in the beginning when you said students will work individually. I am all about some group work and I know it is necessary sometimes, but you saved yourself by having them sitting in teams and allowing for conversation among tables. I really like how you varied your presentation of material. I think the way you scaffold the lesson will help make it run smoothly in class and ensure everyone gets a full understanding of the material. I would carefully monitor the game of telephone to make sure that the students don't purposefully change what they hear in order to be funny. I love the response on the blog. That is something that I try to incorporate in my lessons and feel is a great way for students to post their reflections. I think this lesson is a great lesson and suit the needs of a 7th grade classroom. Props of using School House Rock, never gets old!