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Digital Unit Plan Template Unit Title: Articles of Confederation Content Area: Social Science

CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

Name: Jeffrey Benson Grade Level: 12th Grade

12.4.a Discuss the legislative branch in Article I of the Constitution. 12.4.b Discuss the executive branch in Article II of the Constitution. 12.4.c Discuss the judicial branch in Article III of the Constitution. 12.4.d Explain the process on how the three Articles as well as the rest of the Constitution can be amended. 12.4.e Identify the roles of the current representatives in the legislative branch. 12.4.f Explain the confirmation process of the US Supreme Court.
Big Ideas:

What was the purpose of the Articles of Confederation? Why did the founding fathers feel it was necessary to create any of this? Did it help bring stability in America?
Unit Goals and Objectives:

I will be using the read aloud to introduce students important topics related to the Articles of Confederation. After the read alouds, the teacher will ask the students a few questions related to the content. For this class assignment, students are even more likely to know what was taught During graphic organizing, teachers will instruct students what the main points are through demonstrations.
Unit Summary:

Students will be having a better understanding regarding the institutions of American government. The Articles of Confederation in the US Constitution will play a large role in the unit plan. It will give students the sense of the checks and balances. There will be an emphasis on analyzing the roles of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. The subject area is American History at the 12th grade level. Assessment Plan: Entry-Level: Brainstorming - Before the lesson is begun, students will use brainstorming the Articles of Confederation and how it was

Formative: Journals - Students will write in their journals throughout the lessons to explore their thoughts on what they learned. I may

Summative: Essay Rubric - Students will be using the rubric to organize their thoughts. I will use this rubric to assess their ability to write the

created in order to help them what they learned prior to the class. This allows them to come up with the main ideas and to figure out ways to find sub-ideas of those main ideas. This will help set the agenda for the lessons. After a students discovers all the main ideas, they will narrow it down to the main idea.

review the journals throughout the course to see if students are at least on the right track. These journals assist students when they work on their projects or group work Rally Quiz - Teachers will come up with a list of different questions for partners to ask each other. One partner will ask the second partner a question. When the 2nd partner answers, the 1st partner will re-ask or help the partner if the answer is wrong. Students will then switch roles where the procedure will be repeated. Word Toss - Students will be read about Articles I and II and they will come write down the major concepts they find. When finished, I will write up to 10 key words or phrases on the board. Students will partner up and explain in writing what those words/phrases are. Quizlet - Students are able to take a pop quiz using the Quizlet Flashcards

essay. Reflection Questions - Students should reflect on how much they learned, knew, or feel about the constitutional issues that were discussed. Students should cite any sources they use for their research. I will be using these reflections to get a feel on how much students have improved throughout the course.

Lesson 1 Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence:

Learn about the differences of power between the Legislative and Executive Branches in Articles I and II.
Lesson 2 Student Learning Objective:

Students can find information from the US Constitution.

Instructional Strategies: Communication Collection Collaboration Presentation Organization Interaction Instructional Strategies: Communication Collection Collaboration Presentation

Lesson Activities:

The lesson will mostly be a lecture in the form of a powerpoint. Students will be taking notes from the powerpoint as well as the teacher talking points.

Students will understand the basic principles of the US Constitution and understand why there is a

Acceptable Evidence: There are links at the bottom of the Webcast activity for students to use.

Lesson Activities: The

webcast actively is an exercise with a list of questions for students to answer. These questions are a preview of what will be in upcoming exams. The activity should be completed and turned in.

separation of powers.
Lesson 3 Student Learning Objective:

Organization Interaction

Students will learn the principles of Article IV of the US Constitution as well as study a sample of Article III. Understanding this lesson will allow them to understand the other branches better.

Acceptable Evidence: Students can refer to the US Constitution for ideas.

Instructional Strategies: Communication Collection Collaboration Presentation Organization Interaction

Lesson Activities: Students

will read over the Concept Map Sample to get a feel with what needs to be done in the Concept Map Assignment. Students will be drafting the main points of Article IV of the US Constitution and will then create three sub-points for each main point. Students will be given all weekend to complete the assignment and it will be due on the following Monday. Students will refer to the US Constitution and their US Government book as a source for the assignment. The assignment helps to achieve content standards by giving students a better understanding on how the Executive Branch is a lot different from the other two branches. Students will eventually be able to take a quiz regarding the Concept Map. The topics will cover Articles III and IV.

Unit Resources:

The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, and Clinton Rossiter Understanding the Articles of Confederation by Sally Isaacs US Constitution Constitutional Facts Historical Milestones Do I have a right Interactive Branches of Power Interactive Bill of Rights Interactive America's Founding Fathers Living Constitution
Useful Websites:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government http://beta.congress.gov/ http://www.supremecourt.gov/

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