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Social Studies - 7th Grade- February

Social Studies: The Constitution in Practice


7.5 c-d The Constitution in Practice:Launching a New Nation

  • George Washington oversaw the creation of new federal departments and asked Alexander Hamilton to tackle the nation's debt problem.
  • Two political parties began to take shape- the Federalists and the Republicans.
  • Under Washington, the United States dealt with challenges from Native Americans in the Northwest Territory and from the British navy at sea.
  • Political divisions grew bitter during the presidency of John Adams, as he struggled to keep peace with France.

7.5 c-d The Constitution in Practice:The Era of Thomas Jefferson

  • Thinking of his election as "the Revolution of 1800," President Jefferson hoped to make far-reaching changes in government.
  • Having acquired a vast expanse of western territory, Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the region.
  • Conflicts with the British at sea and Native Americans in the West led to the War of 1812.
  • Although the War of 1812 did not resolve British-American disputes, many Americans considered the war a victory.

7.5 c-d The Constitution in Practice:Launching a New Nation

How did Americans respond to internal and external challenges?

  • How did President Washington set the course for the new nation?
  • How did two political parties emerge?
  • How did the actions of Britain and France affect the United States?
  • How did problems with France intensify the split between the Federalist and the Republicans?

7.5 c-d The Constitution in Practice:The Era of Thomas Jefferson

How did Jefferson and Madison deal with unresolved problems?

  • How did Jefferson chart a new course for the government?
  • What was the importance of the purchase and exploration of the Louisiana Territory?
  • How did Jefferson respond to threats to the security of the nation?
  • What were the causes and effects of the War of 1812?
(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

  • D1.5.6-8. Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts & Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.3.6-8. Examine the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreement.
  • Economics D2.Eco.14.6-8. Explain how barriers to trade and how those barriers influence trade among nations.
  • Economics D2.Eco.15.6-8. Explain the benefits and the costs of trade policies to individuals, businesses, and society.
  • Geography D2.Geo.5.6-8. Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
  • History D2.His.3.6-8. Use questions generated about individuals and groups to analyze why they, and the developments they shaped, are seen as historically significant.

Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence

  • D3.1.6-8. Gather relevant information from multiple sources while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action

  • D4.2.6-8. Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequences, examples, and details with relevant information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanations.


7.5 c-d The Constitution in Practice:Launching a New Nation

  • inauguration
  • precedent
  • bond
  • speculator
  • unconstitutional
  • tariff
  • faction
  • neutral
  • impressment
  • alien
  • sedition
  • nullify
  • states' rights

7.5 c-d The Constitution in Practice: The Era of Thomas Jefferson

  • laissez faire
  • judicial review
  • expedition
  • continental divide
  • tribute
  • embargo
  • smuggling
  • nationalism
  • war hawk
  • blockade
  • secede



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

Document Based Questions

Political Cartoons

Constructed Response Questions

Chapter Test

25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall


Interactive Reading

Fakebook (Facebook Template)

Twister (Twitter Template)

Instagrammy (Instagram Template)

Samuel Cloud Story

Presidential Biographies




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