Why not start off with a bang?! Unit One is the most important unit of the year, as we examine the development of the American form of government and begin to understand what it means to be an active citizen in a democracy.
We will open by having an introduction to government and revisit the sacred document adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. We will then examine the strengths and weaknesses of the first form of government in the new United States – the Articles of Confederation. We will recreate the Constitutional Convention as each young historian will research and portray the role of one of the Framers of the United States Constitution. We will discuss how the document was truly a “bundle of compromises”, and also how it wasn’t completely popular at the time.
We will then focus on the structure and function of the current American government, the Bill of Rights, and the important aspects of citizenship in the United States. You get to have the pleasure of reading the entire text of the Constitution – you’re welcome! We will also take a look at two political concepts that have historical foundations but are crucial to the American government today – political parties and the Electoral College.
This unit will serve as the foundation for the rest of the school year, as we see the government of our nation play the key role in the development of the U.S. This unit will lead to a better understanding of some of the things you can read about every day in the news – how cool! We will also be gaining a great deal of information that will help make our D.C. trip even better than ever. It’s only 220+ days away!