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This is a curriculum supplement to 5-6th , 11-12th Grade, and College American History. Presented in Power Point and Video formats these lessons unravel the complex birth of the U.S. Presidency, the transformation of a unicameral system of federal government to the current tripartite structure and a brief history of the eight different U.S. capitols that were utilized by the founders before the establishment of Washington D.C. The Lessons are filled with actual images of U.S. founding letters, resolutions, treaties, proclamations, ordinances and laws enacted by the Confederation Congress. Most are signed by the founders of the Confederation as either President of Continental Congress or the United States in Congress Assembled. From the United Colonies birth in 1774 to the emergence of the current U.S. constitution from the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, these lessons clearly and concisely map out the office and duties of the Presidents who led the fledging nation through the Revolutionary War and the invention of the United States of America under the Articles of Association, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of 1787. Lesson highlights include the birth of the nation occurring in a Philadelphia’s City Tavern, the U.S. Capitol "road show" as it relocated 11 times often fleeing the British Military Forces, Declaration of Independence’s dissemination, the Articles of Confederation’s formation of the Perpetual Union, the hyper-inflation of the dollar, a Congressional hostage crisis in Independence Hall by the Continental Army, the threat of Shay’s Rebellion, the rebirth of the United States the Constitution of 1787, and the 1788 fading away of the confederation in New York City’s Fraunces Tavern. The story, facts and events presented in these lessons are sure to capture your student’s interest and challenge their minds.


  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate-Upper Division
  • Undergraduate-Lower Division


Peyton Randolph Richard Henry Lee John Hancock Thomas Mifflin John Hanson Henry Laurens John Jay Arthur St. Clair Thomas McKean Arthur St. Clair Henry Middleton Robert Morris Robert Livingston George Washington Thomas Jefferson James Madison Cyrus Griffin Elias Boudinot Declaration of Independence Articles of Association Constitutional Convention Treaty of Paris 1783 United States Constitution Northwest Territory Northwest Ordinance Charles Thomson Continental Congress United States in Congress



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-07.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This asset (videos and power point slides) about America’s true first leaders provides an incredible wealth of primary documents and guiding questions. While not part of the core curriculum, this information could easily be used to help students studying American History in middle to upper grades better understand government in the period between 1774 and 1789. This asset could supplement traditional textbook information on the Continental Congress and Articles of Confederation. Students will learn about these early leaders, key legislation they enacted, and the eight capitols that existed prior to the formation of the District of Columbia. Lessons will need to be created around this material. Consider including vocabulary, geography, graphic organizers to capture notes, and summarizing activities. One of the Power Point attachments is a campaign to mint a coin to commemorate these leaders. This could be an interesting jumping off point for a formal letter writing campaign and correspondence with the office of the current President of the United States.

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