Activity Overview

A great way to help students gain a better understanding of history is to have them identify and illustrate key terms and vocabulary for the events and time period they're studying. For this activity, students will create storyboards of the vocabulary terms for the Constitutional Convention of 1787. For each term, students should include a definition of the term along with a visual representation. Teachers may refer to the fifteen vocabulary terms provided below or use specific vocabulary terms from their classroom instruction.

Suggested Constitutional Convention Vocabulary Terms:

  • Constitution
  • Federalist
  • Anti-Federalist
  • Checks and Balances
  • New Jersey Plan
  • Virginia Plan
  • Compromise
  • Bill of Rights
  • Congress
  • Enumerated Powers
  • Unanimous
  • Northwest Ordinance
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Republic
  • Precedent

Extended Activity
For this extended activity, students may create a secondary storyboard that represents how these terms are used in their own lives or modern society. For example, students may choose to compromise and include a visual representation of how they have made a compromise in their everyday lives.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words for The Constitutional Convention by creating visualizations.

  1. Choose at least three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Write a definition in your own words.
    • If necessary, look up the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Example Sentences
Vocabulary words are used correctly in the example sentences in both meaning and context.
The meaning of the sentences can be understood, but the vocabulary words are used awkwardly or in the wrong context.
The vocabulary words are not used correctly in the example sentences.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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