Following the American Revolution, the United States experienced many growing pains as a young nation.  Reading Through History has many excellent units featuring the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and much more!Please note that “Early America” is still a work in progress, and is not yet complete.

 

The US Constitution:

This is a packet that includes five student ready activities to accompany the teaching of the U.S. Constitution in a U.S. History or Government class. It includes 20 pages of student activities that include five student readings, guided reading activities, multiple choice questions, student short answers, true and false questions, and an essay question.

Topics include Shays’ Rebellion, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, Antifederalists, the 3/5 Compromise, the New Jersey Plan, the Virginia Plan, the Preamble, the Bill of Rights, and much more.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (150 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download through “Teachers Pay Teachers” by clicking on the image at right.

 

 


US Constitution (The Read HighCLASS Method):

This is the product of efforts to revamp my 8th grade U.S. History class. The Read HighCLASS method is a new format based on students READing content, HIGHlighting important information, CLustering main ideas, Answering key questions, Summarizing material, and Synthesizing what they have learned. This, our first installment of Read HighCLASS, is focused on the time period from the end of the Revolutionary War through the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

All of the key information is covered, including the Articles of Confederation, Shays’ Rebellion, the Constitutional Convention, Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the New Jersey Plan, the Virginia Plan, the Connecticut Compromise, the Federalists Papers, the Bill of Rights, the roles of the major figures at the Convention, the 3/5 Compromise, and ratification.

The unit also includes a study guide and a section test covering the major components and principles of the U.S. Constitution. The content should cover all of the key standards for the era for most states.  There is a heavy emphasis on reading and writing throughout the activities.

Approximate time for student completion: 180 minutes

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download through “Teachers Pay Teachers” by clicking on the image at right.


The 1790s:

This is a three part unit by Reading Through History detailing the Whiskey Rebellion, Washington’s Farewell Address, and the Election of 1796. Each lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary questions, student summaries, and a student response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (90 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download through “Teachers Pay Teachers” by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 

 

 


The Early 1800s: Jefferson, Burr, and Hamilton

This is a four part unit by Reading Through History outlining the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Election of 1800, a Thomas Jefferson biography, and a lesson explaining the infamous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Each lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary questions, student summaries, and a student response essay question. Each lesson covers about 30 to 35 minutes of class time.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (120 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download through “Teachers Pay Teachers” by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 

 


The Lewis & Clark Expedition:

This is a three part unit by Reading Through History detailing the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the various explorers who surveyed the southern portion of the Louisiana Territory. Each lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary questions, student summaries, and a student response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (90 minutes)

This unit is available for purchase as a PDF download through “Teachers Pay Teachers” by clicking on the image at right.

 

 

 

 


 

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