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In this unit, students will explore the U.S. Constitution. They will begin by analyzing the issues and debates of the colonial era that brought about the need for a more structured centralized government. They will then study the processes of creation and ratification, and examine how these processes have contributed to the documents longevity and success. They will further that examination by evaluating the actual words of the document. The culminating performance assessment will require students to create their own constitutional plan for the governance of their history classroom. They will present their plans to the class and examine the strengths and weaknesses of each plan. They will compare their classroom s constitution to that of the United States and assess whether or not it would be as effectively successful.
Altman, Ben, "U. S. Constitution" (2006). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 28.
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