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In this unit, students will examine the roles that key American founders played in creating the Constitution, and the challenges they faced in the process. They will learn why many Americans in the 1780s believed that reforms to the Articles of Confederation were necessary, and the steps taken to authorize the 1787 Convention in Philadelphia. They will become familiar with the main issues that divided delegates at the Convention, particularly the questions of representation in Congress and the office of the presidency. Finally, they will see how a spirit of compromise, in the end, was necessary for the Convention to fulfill its task of improving the American political system.


  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Constitutional Convention Articles of Confederation American Revolution Benjamin Franklin



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SOC.9-10.14.A.4: Social Science

Analyze how local, state and national governments serve the purposes for which they were created.

SOC.9-10.14.F.4a: Social Science

Determine the historical events and processes that brought about changes in United States political ideas and traditions (e.g., the New Deal, Civil War).

D2.Civ.3.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Examine the origins and purposes of rules, laws, and key U.S. constitutional provisions.

D2.Civ.5.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain the origins, functions, and structure of different systems of government, including those created by the U.S. and state constitutions.
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