American Treasures

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Just how long did it take the framers to write the Constitution? What role did the drafting process play? Scholars examine various drafts from the Constitutional Convention to gain a better understanding of its formation. Interactive features allow young historians to zoom in on key phases and transcripts of original primary sources.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Develop analytical questions for learners to evaluate the changes made during the Constitutional Convention 
  • Lead a discussion on the importance of changes made to the Constitution during the drafting process
Classroom Considerations

  • Online exhibit does not include background information pupils would find helpful, so teachers may need to provide their own
Pros

  • Interactive features are easy to use and allow class members to understand hard-to-read documents
  • Introductory paragraphs explain how each document fits into the larger event
Cons

  • None