Articles of Confederation

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Our Articles of Confederation Lesson Plan identifies the Articles of Confederation, as well as outlines some of the strengths and weaknesses.  This interactive lesson also introduces and differentiates the U.S. Constitution.  Reinforce and generalize understanding by exploring students ideas of rules they would like to change and potential strategies for manifesting change.

Articles of Confederation Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Articles of Confederation.
  • Articles of Confederation Practice Worksheet
  • Answer Key
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Articles of Confederation Lesson Plan identifies the Articles of Confederation, as well as outlines some of the strengths and weaknesses.  This interactive lesson also introduces and differentiates the U.S. Constitution.  Reinforce and generalize understanding by exploring students ideas of rules they would like to change and potential strategies for manifesting change.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Ask students: Have you ever been involved in something, a sport or a game, where the rules were changed?  (This could mean after years or months.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students why they believe the rules may have been changed. Emphasize that often, rules are changed to make the game or sport fairer, or to encourage more interest, etc.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.
  5. Introduce the Articles of Confederation content page. Read and review along with the students.
  6. Emphasize the articles and the meaning of each, asking students to give an example when a state might violate an article.
  7. Discuss briefly the U.S. Constitution and how much different it is compared to the Articles of Confederation.
  8. Distribute the Practice page. (Each article is used just once.) Allow students time to complete and then review and discuss their responses.
  9. Close the lesson asking students if there are any rules which they personally follow and would like to see changed. Ask how they would need to go about trying to change them.
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.
    (continued)

Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3,   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3,   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2,  CVCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies