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From the beginning of the semester, we planned to organize and

sequence the unit chronologically up until the ratification of the constitution,


at which point we would take a time leap to help create significance for the
constitution in modern times. For the first half of the unit we dealt with the
origins of our constitution through the discussion of our first constitution, the
articles of confederation, up to the inclusion of the bill of rights post
ratification. Throughout the first half we discussed the intricacies of the
ratification, through issues such as our original political parties,
representation in the legislative branch, and the role of slavery in the early
significant documents. While the first half was sequenced chronologically the
latter half of the unit is a walkthrough of our constitution in which we
discussed our system of government and how they function. The modern day
discussion of our constitution covered the intricacies of our primary branches
of government while focusing on the checks and balances that each branch
holds over the others. Lastly, we wrapped up the unit by speaking of the
greatest additions to the constitution, the bill of Rights and the subsequent
amendments. All in all, our goal was to provide information of the origins so
students could draw parallels and understand the practical application of our
modern day government.
While any aspect of this unit could take up nearly a semester of class
time and lessons, we scaled back a lot of the intricate details in order to
convey the broader ideas and lasting changes that we saw through the
constitutional system in the past and the lasting government it created. We

typically completed lessons by providing enough background information to


the students so they could adequately understand the bigger ideas and
themes we were going to analyze throughout each lesson. The biggest ideas
and theme we touched on through this method were compromise, slavery,
federalism, and checks and balances. Not one of the 11 lessons that we
taught for this unit doesnt incorporate at least one of these major themes in
one form or another.
The constitution unit also served as a great way to implement and
integrate new teaching strategies and technology new to the students and to
us as instructors as well. Throughout the unit we utilized educational
technology that ranged from Zaption (a video editor that allows you to
implement questions to check for understand in any video) to Pixton (a
comic creation site that students to create a visual representation of an
amendment to the constitution). Throughout the constitution unit we tried to
use as many teaching strategies as possible, so we implemented a new coteaching strategy nearly every lesson in order to better cater to the needs of
our students as learners. As well as new strategies and technology, we were
able to assign bigger projects and homework as we have bodies to quickly
get through grading that would have taken extended periods of time