Theme Project: Become an expert on the Constitution. How was it created? What effects has it had?

1. Gather Information Using your textbook and reference books gather information about the Constitution of the United States. Fill in the blanks below with the information. Put a check in the box next to each question when you have found the answer. Use a separate piece of paper to write down any other information that you find.

check How was the Constitution created?

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check Who were some important people involved in creating the Constitution? ___________________________ ____________________________

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check What issues are addressed in the Constitution? __________________________________________________

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2. Create a Chart Use the information you collected to create a chart that shows the branches of the federal government and their responsibilities. Use the chart on page 320 of your textbook to help you.

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3. Biographies and Portraits Pick at least three people who were important to the creation of the Constitution. Draw a portrait of each person. Then write a short biography for each person. Make sure to explain why each person was important to the creation of the Constitution.

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4. Write a Newspaper Editorial Write a newspaper editorial as if it were the 1780s. Tell the readers why you think the Constitution should be ratified.

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5. Plan a Debate Plan a debate between the delegates of the Constitutional Convention. Use the information you gathered to choose an issue that was debated at the Convention. Then pick which delegate you will role-play. Find out how your delegate felt about the issue. Next, write a brief statement that explains your delegate's position on the issue. Fill in the blanks below with the information.

The issue I will debate is:_________________________________________

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The delegate I represent is:________________________________________

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My delegate's position on the issue was:_____________________________

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6. Create a Display Create a display about the Constitution of the United States. Use poster board or large pieces of paper and paste your chart, portraits, biographies, and articles on it. Create a title for your display.

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7. Share Your Work Share your display with your classmates. Act out the debate between the Convention delegates.