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Justice in the Classroom | Rule of Law & John Marshall

2 Chapter Two:
Fight For Our New Constitution


(1776 – 1788) Relive our fight for freedom, the American Revolution, ratification of our new constitution and the development of checks and balances of the three branches of government.

High School: 2015 Standards

VUS.5a Weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation and How the Bill of Rights Was Influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
VUS.5b Compromises of the Constitution
VUS.5c Federalists and Anti-Federalists
GOVT.4a Ratification Debates
GOVT.4c, 4d, 7b Fundamental Principles Upon Which the U.S. Constitution is Based; Organization of the National Government; Checks & Balances and Separation of Powers
NSS-USH.5-12.3 Era 3 Revolution & the New Nation (1754-1820s)
NSS-C.5-8.3 Principles of Democracy
Fight For Our New Constitution

Video Presentation

PLAY Chapter Two

Play time without discussion,
approximately 6:25

Chapter Two - Lesson Plans

Creating the Constitution
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation (Student Handout)
The Constitution: A Bundle of Compromises (Student Handout)
To Ratify or Not To Ratify; That Is The Question! (Student Handout)
Virginian John Marshall gave a speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention 1788 and said: (Student Handout)
Key Principles Of The Constitution
Influences of the Bill of Rights
Teacher Instructions
Influences of the Bill of Rights (Student Handout)
Influences of the Bill of Rights: ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS TEN!
Constitutional Fixes Chart
The Walking Ed: Review for The Fight For Our New Constitution

Materials are top-notch! Love the historical case vs. modern case info. Love the embedded video and information.