Articles of Confederation

Our Articles of Confederation lesson plan teaches students about the Articles of Confederation, including what they were, why they were important to the Constitution and the founding of the United States, and who was involved in writing them. Students also learn about some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

Our Articles of Confederation lesson plan identifies the Articles of Confederation and outlines some of its strengths and weaknesses. This interactive lesson also introduces and differentiates the U.S. Constitution. During this lesson, students are asked to use their creativity to come up with ideas of rules they would like to change and potential strategies for manifesting change. Students are also asked to identify which article from the articles of confederation matches given statements or scenarios, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson material.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the Articles of Confederation and some of its strengths and weaknesses.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CVCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

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Social Studies


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Pauline R.
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    Articles of confederation

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