• This unit will be covering the United States Constitution- how the Constituion is different from the Articles of Confederation, how the Constitution is structured, what are its different parts, and how the constitution is amended.  

    We will be covering four Florida State Standards this unit. They have been broken down into smaller categories and clarifications that we will be studying:

     

    •  SS.7.C.1.5: Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution.
      1. Students will identify the weaknesses of the goverment under the Articles of Confederation (i.e., Congress had no power to tax, to regulate trade, or to enforce its laws; the national government lacked a national court system and central leadership; and changes to the Articles required unanimous consent of the 13 states).
    • SS.7.C.1.8:Explain the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights.
      1. Students will identify the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists about the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
      2. Students will compare the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists about the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
      3. Students will recognize the Anti-Federalists' reasons for the inclusion of a bill of rights in the U.S. Constitution.
    • SS.7.C.3.5: Explain the Constitutional amendment process.
      1. Students will recognize the methods used to propose and ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
      2. Students will be able to identify the correct sequence of each amendment process.
      3. Students will identify the importance of a formal amendment process.
      4. Students will recognize the significance of the difficulty of formally amending the U.S. Constitution.
    • SS.7.C.3.13: Compare the constitutions of the United States and Florida
      1. Students will identify the purposes of a constitution (provides a framework for government, limits government authority, protects the rights of the people).
      2. Students will recognize the basic outline of the U.S. and Florida constitutions (both have articles, amendments, and preambles).
      3. Students will compare the amendment process of the U.S. and Florida constitutions.
      4. Students will recognize the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

     

    Unit Essental Questions:

    • How does the Constitution explain the origin, purpose, structure, and function of the United States government?
    • What political, social, religious, and economic influences led to the development of the U.S. Constitution?

     

    Lesson Essential Questions:

    • What were the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?
    • How did the weaknesses lead to the writing of the Constitution?
    • What were the viewpoints of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
    • What were the Anti-Federalists' reasons for the inclusions of a bill of rights?
    • How can the United States Constitution be amended?
    • Why is the amendment process difficult?
    • How are the U.S. and Florida constitutions similar?
    • How are they different?