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Activity Overview

The structure of the Constitution and the ability to amend policies within it make it a unique document. Using a spider map, have students create a web of the major elements of the Constitution, including its ratification and the Bill of Rights. Students may also include other topics like structure of powers, the role of the President, and the debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. After completing this activity, students will be able to explain and summarize what made up the Constitution and how it balanced powers, as well as how it came to be ratified.

Extended Activity

Have students create a spider map on one branch of the government, either the Executive, Judicial, or Legislative Branch. Students should include what powers each branch holds, positions within the branch, and how the branch checks and balances powers with the other two branches.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard identifying the different elements of the Constitution.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each title boxes, identify each element.
  3. In the descriptions, explain the element and its importance to the Constitution.
  4. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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