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The Constitution



Primary Source The Constitution, Two plans, Federalism, Anti-Federalism

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  • 1. The Constitution Framing the Government
  • 2. Preview- Read “Two Opposing Plans,” pages 55 and 56
    • As you read, compare the Virginia Plan to the New Jersey Plan by completing a Venn diagram like the one on the board
  • 3. Compromise
    • Prefix “com” means with ; together; jointly
    • The root word “promise” means to agree to something
    • The United States government was created using compromise in order to resolve disagreements among the different sections of the country.
  • 4. Virginia Plan
    • Bicameral legislature
    • Both houses’ representation based on population
    • Large states would have more votes than small states
  • 5. New Jersey Plan
    • Unicameral legislature
    • Each state would get one vote
  • 6. Both
    • Called for three branches of government
  • 7. Federalists
    • Federalism a government, divided between the federal, or national government and the states
    • Argued that the United States would not survive without a strong national government
    • Essays, The Federalist , defended the Constitution
    • Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
  • 8. Anti - Federalists
    • Felt it gave too much power to the national government
    • Took too much power from the states
    • Object to the absence of a bill of rights
    • failed to provide protection for certain individual liberties, no freedoms of speech and religion
  • 9. Study the facsimile Constitution
  • 10. Which ways is it different from federal documents we have today?
  • 11. Handwritten, different language, and different spelling
  • 12. Point out features that are the same as today.
  • 13. Singed on the bottom and divided into sections
  • 14. What rights does the Constitution provide to American citizens?
  • 15. What powers does each branch of the government have?
  • 16. Read the preamble of the Constitution.
    • What does it tell the reader about America’s form of government?
    • What message is conveyed by these words.
  • 17.
    • The Articles of the Constitution describe the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
    • Article one, describing the legislative branch powers, is much longer than the other sections.
    • What does this say about the role of signers felt Congress should play in government?
  • 18.
    • Article five of the Constitution provides the right of the Congress and states to amend the Constitution.
    • What effect has this provision had on the Constitution throughout time?
  • 19.
    • You will take on the roles of Federalists who are trying to convince Anti-Federalists that this Constitution will still preserve rights of individuals.
    • Use the Constitution to include specific parts of the text to support their views. Write letters explaining why they should support the New Constitution
  • 20.
    • Read the Background Information carefully
    • Complete “The Framework of the Government”