It’s pretty obvious that the young United States needed a new government in 1787, isn’t it? (If not, please review the AOC again!) After a few smaller meetings took place to set the stage, a meeting of members of all (almost all) 13 states was scheduled for May of 1787 in beautiful Philadelphia. The resulting document will be the longest lasting written form of government still in use today – the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
This amazing meeting in Philadelphia will become an integral part of America’s story, and one that we will learn about over the next few activities. 55 men met in the Pennsylvania State House that long, hot summer, creating a framework of government that has lasted (with a few changes) until today – and you will play one of them (actually, parts of many of them)!
In our “Convention”, you will be representing a delegate to the Federal Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Your role below is really an amalgamation (ooh, cool word) of the participants in the three-month meeting, and your goal is to represent their opinions, examine the arguments and compromises made at the convention, and understand why the writing of the Constitution has been called “A Miracle in Philadelphia”.
This amazing meeting in Philadelphia will become an integral part of America’s story, and one that we will learn about over the next few activities. 55 men met in the Pennsylvania State House that long, hot summer, creating a framework of government that has lasted (with a few changes) until today. For our next class, your tasks are …
CONTEXT – To prepare for the Convention, your first task is to find out more about the events and ideas that led to the momentous meeting in the summer of ’87. Listen to The Road to Philadelphia podcast (you can read it too) to provide CONTEXT and set the stage for the events of the Convention. Your learning target is I can describe the events and issues leading to the Constitutional Convention. This should be done FOR OUR NEXT CLASS.
CONVENTION PREP –In our next class, we will be experiencing some of the major arguments and debates of the long hot summer in the “City of Brotherly Love”. You will be in a smaller group, discussing the major arguments of many of the great delegates and then coming to conclusions about the compromises that were made. To be ready for action, carefully look at the perspectives of your composite delegate (sorta like a Constitutional Frankenstein) so you have a decent idea of the topics of discussion! You should have the perspectives in your own words as well, and understand the basics about each of your positions. Remember, you are a combination of views. This should be done FOR YOUR NEXT CLASS.
GET READY FOR THE CONVENTION!!!!!!