Lesson 3: “Mock Constitutional Convention” (Grades 3-5)
Background: With the Articles of Confederation clearly failing to properly govern the fledgling United States of America, delegates from the thirteen states convened a constitutional convention to attempt to create a more centralized government that could effectively govern its people. This was no easy task and the arguments were heated at times, but eventually compromise prevailed.
This activity gives students the ability to take on the role of the various delegates, get to know their beliefs and backgrounds, how they felt about the many issues being debated, what arguments they formulated, and their opinion about the eventual resulting document.
Objective: At the conclusion of this activity, students will be able to identify the major players involved in drafting the Constitution, what role they played, and why they were significant. Students will also be able to identify and explain the reasons for creating three branches with checks and balances between all of them, as well as the major powers granted to each branch within the document.
DCPS Social Studies Standards covered:
US History Content Standards covered:
Virginia History and Social Studies Content Standards covered:
Maryland State Social Studies Curriculum Standards covered: