New Jersey Plan vs. Virginia Plan (Grade 5)


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Storyboard Description

Using the two EdPuzzle videos, your knowledge from your Readers Theater script, and the links below, create a comic representation of the two sides of this issue. You will need to show the sides of the small states in one comic and the large states in another. Your comic must not just have pictures, but also show at least 3 facts about each plan. You may draw or use Storyboard That. If you choose to use Storyboard That you will take a screenshot of your pictures and turn them in through Canvas. Resources:

Storyboard Text

  • Virginia Plan (scene 1)
  • My Plan is called the Virginia Plan. We need to have more representation in government. We are larger states and will always have more needs.
  • Virginia Plan (scene 2)
  • In my plan, each state should represent the government by population. Therefore the larger states can more representation.
  • Virginia Plan (scene 3)
  • I plead that you side with me so that we the southern and large states can have more representation in government.
  • Alright then. Would anyone else like to speak?
  • Here in this scene, the southern states feel that since they are bigger they need more representation in government. What we don't know is how we count slaves, women, or native americans.
  • New Jersey Plan (scene 1)
  • In this scene, the person speaking is presenting the main point of the amount of power in government should be measured by population. The small states 100% disagree because they feel the power is not evenly divided. Let's see in the next couple boxes what the smaller states have to say.
  • New Jersey Plan (scene 2)
  • In this scene, James Madison (person speaking) is persuading that everyone vote on his plan.
  • New Jersey Plan (scene 3)
  • Alright then. Would anyone else like to speak?
  • In this scene, a New Jersey representative is introducing his plan: the states should have an equal number of votes and an equal number of representation in government. They think it is right that the smaller states deserve as much power as the larger states.
  • Gentlemen, I will introduce the New Jersey at this time. I say that each state can cast 1 vote so we have equal power. We cannot let all one state have the power. Not fair at all!
  • The small states say well if you want more power let one branch be based on population and the other equal representation. This was mostly about the compromise and it made the small states happy.
  • I will move forward with the NJ plan. We as small states should have at least 1 branch of government where each state gets equal representation.
  • He this is the part where the NJ representative is trying to persuade the other men to agree with his plan.
  • I say we go with my plan of government so we can have equal amounts of power in each's hands. We as small states deserve power too. We must unite now!
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