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W E THE P EOPLE : T HE C ITIZEN AND THE C ONSTITUTION W ORKSHOP FOR T EACHERS Karen Rouse, West Sylvan Middle School, Portland Public Schools [email protected] Level 2 / Middle School Packet Contents: Cover Sheet: We the People Unit essential questions with topics for each hearing question. 2 How does the We the People curriculum fit into the 8 th grade social studies curriculum?...3 How to Prepare Students for Simulated Congressional Hearings .................................................. 4 Student handout for Unit 2, Lesson 11: Massachusetts Sate Convention: Is a New Constitution Needed? ....................................................................................................................................... 6 Student handout for Hearing Preparation ............................................................................................... 8 Student handout: Analysis of Hearing Questions .................................................................................. 9 Successful Congressional Hearings: what works – student suggestions .................................. 10 Legislative Hearing Preparation - Individual Scoring Guide ........................................................ 11 Legislative Hearing Scoring Guide - for Group ..................................................................................... 12 Page 1 Karen Rouse, West Sylvan Middle School, Portland Public Schools, 2015
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Essential Questions John Locke Republican Form of Government Constitutional Governments Declaration of Independence Colonial Governments & British Control Articles of Confederation Economic systems of North and South Articles I, II, & III of the Constitution Representation in Congress Federalism Judicial Review Political Parties Freedom of religion Freedom of speech Right to due process Informed citizenry Participation in politics & community International dependence, influence & interaction Page 2 Karen Rouse, West Sylvan Middle School, Portland Public Schools, 2015
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We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Level 2 Rouse How does the We the People curriculum fit into the 8 th grade social studies curriculum? The WTP text is a history of the ideas that shaped our Constitution rather than a history of events and people. Therefore it supplements my 8 th grade social studies curriculum. Before I reach for the WTP texts, my students study Native Americans, colonization and the early colonies, and the road to Revolution. Introduction: I introduce the WTP curriculum through an older Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI) activity: “Meet the press – Can the People be Trusted to Govern?” In this activity, students portray and question seven 17 th & 18 th century philosophers of government including John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Banneker and others. This activity can be found in the old TCI blue binder, The Constitution in a New Nation. This excellent interactive activity prepares students for WTP ’s Unit 1, “What were the founders’ basic ideas about government?” Timing : Each unit can be taught comfortably in two-three weeks, but most can, with edits, be squeezed into a week. If you have less time, then consider completing fewer units in greater depth rather than blasting through all six too quickly. If you intend to complete the entire curriculum thoroughly, assume one quarter. Preparation for the culminating activity, the final simulated legislative hearings, will take another one-two weeks. Of course, as the teacher, you have complete control over how much of the WTP curriculum you cover.
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  • Spring '14
  • KimberlyK.Boone
  • ........., Portland Public Schools, West Sylvan Middle School, Karen Rouse

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