On This Day: Continental Congress Adopts the Articles of Confederation

While today, people laud the accomplishments of the United States Constitution, pupils sometimes forget that the Articles of Confederation came first. The documents—while flawed—raised questions of government duties and obligations as well as power. Short video clips give pupils insight into various historians' perspectives on the Articles and how they led to the Constitution. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use video segments to stimulate debate about the failures and successes of the Articles of Confederation
  • Create a graphic organizer to pair with the videos for students to distinguish between differing historical perspectives
Classroom Considerations

  • To view the three short clips, teachers must create an account or use the following details: Username - students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Videos offer clear ways of contrasting different historical perspectives
  • Resource links to additional videos on the Articles of Confederation

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