Ready-to-Use Lecture: Creating Madison’s Constitution

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Grades: 8, 11, 12

Courses: American History, American Government

Focus: This lecture will focus first on the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Why was it insufficient to serve as a political center for the new nation? Secondly, the lecture should focus on the creation of the U.S. Constitution. What compromises had to occur? What was the structure of the newly proposed government? What was the ratification process like?

Outcomes: By the end of this lecture students should be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Article of Confederation, as well as the processes and compromises related to the forming and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Likewise, students should be able to identify significant changes to the newly strengthened national government.

This lecture is part of ABC-CLIO’s Ideas Worth Sharing series, a collaboration with leading educators to bring you ready-to-use instructional materials ideal for distance learning.