Activity Overview

This introductory activity will allow students the opportunity to understand the fundamental reasons for the Constutitional Convention of 1787 along with potential connections to the direction impact it has on our daily lives. Students will create a spider map that represents the essential background information about the Convention. Students are required to create five questions surrounding the Constitutional Convention using the 5Ws: "Who, What, When, Where, and Why".

Extended Activity
Students will create a T-Chart that reflects the formulation of another government in world history. Depending on the curriculum, students may compare the United States convention with another democracy. Teachers may ask students to create a T-Chart that compares the two governments or contrast the differences of both.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a 5W analysis of the Constitutional Convention: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title box for each cell, type Who, What, When, Where and Why.
  3. In the descriptions, answer the question.
  4. Create an image for each cell with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/7] Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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