11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.
1. Describe the Enlightenment and the rise of democratic ideas as the context in which the nation was founded.
2. Analyze the ideological origins of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers’ philosophy of divinely bestowed unalienable natural rights, the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of Rights.
3. Understand the history of the Constitution after 1787 with emphasis on federal versus state authority and growing democratization.
Anticipatory Set: Students were asked questions about the Declaration of Independence, in the book. They were told to write down any words that stood out to them, anything that shocked them and any grievances that the Declaration claimed.
Direct Instruction: Then give the students the process grid and fill out the first process grid, demonstrating the level of details that you except for each document. I taught abut the Declaration of Independence . The students had to fill in the information with me.
Indirect Instruction: The students then broke into groups and were asked to complete the document grid for the event or document that they were assigned. Each group was held accountable because they had to fill in their portion on the large graphic organizer that would give the rest of the class the information needed.
Independent Practice: The group of students had to teach their fellow classmates about their subject. They had to come up and fill in the information but also had to answer any questions that their classmates had.
Closing: To further their understanding, the class had gallery walk where they had to add information to the posters on each event. This allowed me to assess what documents students understood and which I needed to go over.