Activity Overview

Events like the Constitutional Convention require lots of compromise, and with the various problems of the Article of Confederation it's helpful for students to be able to see what was addressed, what the proposed solutions were, and the compromise that ultimately aimed to solve the problem.

Using a T-Chart storyboard, students will summarize and explain the problems debated at the Constitutional Convention and how representatives compromised on the issues. It will function as a cause and effect organizer to demonstrate how issues and problems were solved at the dawn of American government. With this, students will be able to explain how the Constitution was constructed and what it called for as well as describe divisions over how the federal government would operate.

Extended Activity

Have students create a T-Chart with one column depicting issues concerning today’s government. In the other column, have students detail a solution to that issue, or a proposed solution. Teachers may also add a column for what students would do if the issue were presented to them.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard outlining the issues presented at the Constitutional Convention and the compromises made to solve them.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In one column, identify and describe the different issues that were presented.
  3. In the other column, describe the compromises made at the Convention.
  4. Create an illustration for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

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