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!

 

The Northwest Ordinance, Cumberland Gap, and Daniel Boone:

This packet includes three student reading activities which focus on the Northwest Ordinance, the Northwest Territory, the Cumberland Gap, the Wilderness Road, and a biography about Daniel Boone. It includes 14 pages of student activities with three student readings, guided reading activities, multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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The Second Great Awakening:

This is a one part unit by Reading Through History detailing the Second Great Awakening. The lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary questions, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes.

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The US Constitution:

This is a packet that includes five student reading activities to accompany the teaching of the U.S. Constitution in a U.S. History or Government class. It includes 24 pages of student activities that include five student readings, guided reading activities, multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Topics include Shays’ Rebellion, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers, 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)

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George Mason:

This is a single lesson unit from Reading Through History.  It focuses on one of the lesser known Founding Fathers, George Mason.  The lesson explains Mason’s role in writing the Virginia State Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights, as well as his role in ensuring that a Bill of Rights was included in the United States Constitution. The biography is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes

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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

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The Whiskey Rebellion and Washington’s Farewell Address:

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)

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Washington DC:

This is a single lesson unit by Reading Through History. In this lesson there is a one page reading about the founding of Washington DC as the nation’s capital. The reading includes how the site was chosen, who designed the Capitol Building and White House, and how the construction was carried out. The reading is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes.

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Adams, Jefferson, Burr, and Hamilton

This is a five part unit by Reading Through History outlining the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Election of 1800, biographies about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 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)

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John Marshall:

This is a four-part unit by Reading Through History. This unit includes a biography of Chief Justice John Marshall and three separate lessons covering the most prominent of his Supreme Court decisions. The cases include Marbury v. Madison (which helped to establish the concept of “judicial review”), McCulloch v. Maryland (an important case involving the concept of “federalism”), and Worcester v. Georgia (which was a significant case during the Indian removal process).  Each lesson includes multiple choice questions, a guided reading exercise, a vocabulary builder, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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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)

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Samuel Slater, Robert Fulton, and the Lowell Mill

This is a three part unit by Reading Through History. It documents the people and events which played a major role in the early American Industrial Revolution. The unit includes lessons about Samuel Slater, Robert Fulton and the Steamship, and Francis Lowell and the Lowell Mill Girls. Each lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary questions, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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The Causes of the War of 1812:

This is a four part unit by Reading Through History. It documents the key causes of the War of 1812, including the Barbary Pirates, the impressment of US sailors, the USS Chesapeake incident, the Embargo and Non-Intercourse Acts, and Tecumseh’s Indian Confederacy.  Each lesson includes multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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The War of 1812 Begins:

This is a four part unit by Reading Through History. It documents the opening stages of the War of 1812. The lessons include “Mr. Madison’s War,” “The War at Sea,” “The War in Canada and the Great Lakes Region,” and “Oliver Hazard Perry.”  Each lesson includes multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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The War of 1812 Continues:

This is a three part unit by Reading Through History. It documents events which occurred during the War of 1812. The lessons include “The War in the South,” “Washington D.C. and Baltimore,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Each lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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The War of 1812 Concludes:

This is a three part unit by Reading Through History. It documents events which occurred during the War of 1812. The lessons include “The Battle of New Orleans,” “Outcomes of the War of 1812,” and “James Madison.” Each lesson is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

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

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James Monroe:

This is a single lesson unit by Reading Through History. In this download there is a two page biography of James Monroe. The lesson explains Monroe’s involvement in the American Revolution, the Confederation Congress, the US Senate, the Louisiana Purchase, President Jefferson’s cabinet, and his time as president, including the Monroe Doctrine. The biography is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes

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The Adams-Onis Treaty:

This is a single lesson unit by Reading Through History. In this download there is a one page reading which tells the story of the Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819. The reading includes information about the issues the US and Spain faced along the Florida/Georgia border, including the First Seminole War and Andrew Jackson’s invasion of Florida. The reading is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes

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The Erie Canal:

This is a single lesson unit by Reading Through History. In this download there is a two page reading about the history and construction of the Erie Canal. The reading is followed by three pages of student activities which include multiple choice questions, a guided reading activity, a vocabulary builder exercise, short answer questions, and a student-response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes

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