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Social Studies- 7th Grade- January

Social Studies: Historical Development of the Constitution


7.4 Historical Development of the Constitution: Creating the Constitution

  • Weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation convinced leading Americans that country needed a strong central government.
  • After months of intense debate, delegates to the Constitutional Convention agreed on a new plan.
  • The states approved the Constitution, but many of the states insisted that it also include a bill of rights.

7.5 The Constitution in Practice: Government, Citizenship, and the Constitution

  • The goals and principles of the Constitution have guided the United States for more than 200 years.
  • The United States government is divided into three branches of government with separate roles and responsibilities.
  • The Amendment process has made the Constitution a living document that reflects changing times.
  • The federal, state, and local government play a direct role in our daily lives.
  • Being an American citizen bring both rights and responsibilities.


7.4 Historical Development of the Constitution: Creating the Constitution

How did the United States Constitution overcome the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and provide for the organization of the new government?

  • What were the major successes and failures of the government under the Articles of Confederation?
  • What role did compromise play in the creation of the United States Constitution?
  • How did those in favor of the Constitution achieve its ratification? 

7.5 The Constitution in Practice:Government, Citizenship, and the Constitution

How does the Constitution organize government and encourage active citizenship?

  • What goals and principles shaped the creation of the Constitution?
  • How does the federal government work?
  • How can the constitution be changed?
  • What are the functions of state and local governments?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of citizenship?


(1) SS.7.4 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION: The newly independent states faced political and economic struggles under the Articles of Confederation. These challenges resulted in a Constitutional Convention, a debate over ratification, and the eventual adoption of the Bill of Rights.
(1) SS.7.5 THE CONSTITUTION IN PRACTICE: The United States Constitution serves as the foundation of the United States government and outlines the rights of citizens. The Constitution is considered a living document that can respond to political and social changes. The New York Constitution also has been changed over time.
(1) SS.I.1 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
(1) SS.I.5 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Skills

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.2.6-8. Explain points of agreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts & Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.8.6-8 Analyze ideas and principles contained inn teh founding documents of the United States , and explain how they influence the social and political system.
  • Economics D2.Eco.1.6-8. Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.

Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

  • D3.4.6.6-8.  Develop claims and counterclaims while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action

  • D4.8.6-8. Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms and schools, and in out-of-school civil contexts.

NCSS Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Use the community as a resource
  • Use appropriate source of information
  • Recognize and understand an increasing number of social studies terms
  • Draw inferences from factual material
  • Keep informed on issues that affect society
  • Work to influence those in positions of social power to strive for extensions of freedom, social justice, and human rights
  • Accept and fulfill social responsibilities associated with citizenship in a free society

7.4 Historical Development of the Constitution: Creating the Constitution

  • constitution
  • executive
  • economic depression
  • judicial branch
  • compromise
  • ratify

7.5 The Constitution in Practice: Government, Citizenship, and the Constitution

  • Preamble
  • domestic tranquility
  • civilian
  • general welfare
  • liberty
  • Articles
  • popular sovereignty
  • limited government
  • checks and balances
  • federalism
  • House of Representatives
  • Senate
  • bill
  • electoral college
  • Supreme Court
  • appeal
  • unconstitutional
  • veto
  • override
  • impeach
  • civil
  • constitutional initiative
  • infrastructure
  • local government
  • citizen
  • naturalize
  • immigrant
  • resident alien
  • civic virtue
  • patriotism
  • jury duty

Do Now Questions

Socrative Entrance/Exit Tickets


Interactive Readings

Graphic Organizers

Thinking Maps

Common Core Protocols

Comprehension Assessments

Writing Assessments

Map Quiz


J. Dodge Differentiated Activities

Marzano Strategies

Primary Source Documents

Political Cartoons

Constructed Response Questions

Document Based Questions

Chapter Test

25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall


Interactive Reading

We the People

Citizenship Handbook

Toolkit Inquiry: Great Compromise

School House Rock

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