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Lesson 1: Anti-federalist Arguments Against "A Complete Consolidation"
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This lesson will focus on the chief objections of the Anti-federalists, especially The Federal Farmer (Richard Henry Lee), Centinel, and Brutus, regarding the extended republic. Students will become familiar with the larger issues surrounding this debate, including the nature of the American Union, the difficulties of uniting such a vast territory with a diverse multitude of regional interests, and the challenges of maintaining a free republic as the American people moved toward becoming a nation rather than a mere confederation of individual states.

Subject:
English Language Arts
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Christopher Burkett, Ashland University (Ashland, OH); Patricia Dillon, West Virginia Department of Education (Charleston, WV)
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Lesson 1: The Road to the Constitutional Convention
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This lesson focuses on the problems under the Articles of Confederation between 1783 and 1786 leading to the 1787 Convention. Through examination of primary sources, students will see why some prominent American founders, more than others, believed that the United States faced a serious crisis, and that drastic changes, rather than minor amendments, to the Articles were necessary.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Christopher Burkett, Ashland University (Ashland, OH); Patricia Dillon, West Virginia Department of Education (Charleston, WV)
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Lesson 2: The Federalist Defense of Diversity and "Extending the Sphere"
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This lesson involves a detailed analysis of Alexander Hamilton's and James Madison's arguments in favor of the extended republic in The Federalist Nos. 9, 10 and 51. Students consider and understand in greater depth the problem of faction in a free republic and the difficulty of establishing a government that has enough power to fulfill its responsibilities, but which will not abuse that power and infringe on liberties of citizens.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Christopher Burkett, Ashland University (Ashland, OH); Patricia Dillon, West Virginia Department of Education (Charleston, WV)
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Lesson 2: The Question of Representation at the 1787 Convention
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When the delegates to the Philadelphia Convention convened in May of 1787 to recommend amendments to the Articles of Confederation, one of the first issues they addressed was the plan for representation in Congress. This lesson will focus on the various plans for representation debated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Christopher Burkett, Ashland University (Ashland, OH); Patricia Dillon, West Virginia Department of Education (Charleston, WV)
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Lesson 3: Creating the Office of the Presidency
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As the delegates at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 continued to develop a plan of government that would remedy the defects of the Articles of Confederation, one of the most difficult challenges was creating the office of the presidency. This lesson will focus on the arguments over the various characteristics and powers of the office of president as debated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Subject:
American History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Author:
Christopher Burkett, Ashland University (Ashland, OH); Patricia Dillon, West Virginia Department of Education (Charleston, WV)
Date Added:
09/06/2019