America's Founding Documents
The Lesson Activities will help you develop these 21st century skills:
Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Technology Influence

You will evaluate some of these activities yourself, and your teacher may evaluate others. Please save this document before beginning the lesson and keep the document open for reference during the lesson. Type your answers directly in this document for all activities.

Self-Checked Activities

Read the instructions for the following activities and type in your responses. At the end of the lesson, click the link on the Summary screen to open the Student Answer Sheet. Use the answers or sample responses to evaluate your own work.

1. Three-Fifths Compromise

How do you feel about the Three-Fifths Compromise? Was it a wise decision by the framers of the constitution to keep the nation united, or was it an unacceptable compromise even at the cost of the nation breaking up over the issue of slavery (as happened later during the Civil War (1861–1865)? Write a two-to-three paragraph response supporting your stand.

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Teacher-Graded Activities

Write a response for each of the following activities. When you have finished, submit your work to your teacher. Check the rubric at the end of this document to be sure you are meeting the expected criteria for the assignments.

1. Articles of Confederation

Read the 1985 DBQ essay question and documents on the Articles of Confederation. Carefully analyze...