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1 class periods of 90 minutes each
Students will go through the process of writing a classroom constitution and then compare their process to that followed by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.
Handout with preamble format for each group to fill in, butcher paper or posterboard for each group, markers, white board or chalkboard.
Before conducting this lesson, teachers should be familiar with:
An understanding of the processes and skills necessary to work productively in groups.
Students should be able to identify the need for law in their everyday lives and in the workings of government. Students will understand the processes and difficulties faced by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.
Writing the Constitution:
Use the following or a similar format.
We the Students of ____________s class, in order to _________________________, ___________________________, and ____________________________ do hereby ordain and establish this constitution based on the principles of ________________ (noun), __________________ (noun) and ______________________ (noun).
Are they: - Said simply? - Easy to follow? - Enforceable? - Not in conflict with other rules?
This lesson is part of a suggested unit plan to cover standard 6210-01 of the United States Government and Citizenship core. The suggested components of this lesson are the Survival lesson, the Philosophers board game, the Constitutional Convention and this lesson on writing a classroom constitution.