Charting Constitutional History

Charting Constitutional History
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Storyboard Description

You will create a Constitutional “storyboard” as a way of organizing and reviewing your knowledge of the Constitution. One of the best ways to study and review the complexity of the Constitution is to create a visual representation of the chronology of events and their historical relevance. This is a way to trace the narrative of how our nation got from the Declaration of Independence, to the Constitution.

Storyboard Text

  • Man, the British aren't treating us right, I'm going to send them a peaceful cry for independence. I shall call it "The Declaration of Independence."
  • After the Revolutionary War the Articles of Confederation are formed.
  • The Articles of Confederation are making the government too weak, we need to change this.
  • To New Jersey vs. Virginia, on state representation.
  • The New Jersey Plan is better because everyone is equal and so should the states with all of them having equal representation.
  • I'm William Patterson!
  • No, the Virginia plan is better because if a state has more people the state should have a more representation.
  • I'm James Madison!
  • Let's just agree to disagree and create a compromise, we shall call it "The Great Compromise." It will be a bicameral congress with senate having equal representation, and a House of Representatives with number of representatives based on population.
  • Northern vs.   Southern states, on slave representation.
  • No, it would not be fair for slave free states.
  • Northern States
  • Should Slaves count in the population?
  • Yes, slaves make up a major part of our population.
  • Southern States
  • Northern States
  • Since we can't decide on one or the other, we must make a compromise. 3/5th's of the slaves in a state will count towards the total population. This will be known as the 3/5th's Compromise.
  • Southern States
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