US Constitution Unit Study Guide
Purpose: These activities are designed to instruct the student in
investigation, research, and debate. Through these activities
students will learn the various backgrounds and special
interests each delegate brought to the convention. They will
also learn how the delegates were able to achieve compromises to
assure that the Constitution would be written.
- Summarize the role of delegates to the Constitutional
- Identify the compromises that were made in the writing
of the Constitution.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to summarize,
conduct web-based research, and produce Powerpoint
- Assign the role of a key delegate to a group of
students. Students will spend time researching the following
- Age of the delegate at the time of the Convention
- Occupation, education, and marital status
- Area of Special interest brought to the Convention
- Were they a member of the Continental Army?
- Did they ultimately support or reject the
- Divide the delegates according to small state
delegates and large state delegates and conduct a debate.
Issues to be debated:
- The Great Compromise
- State’s rights verses a stronger national
- The 3/5 Compromise
- Adapt the Constitution to the present time.
Closing: These activities will help bring the Constitutional
Convention to life.
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