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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator 2. Analyze the impact of historic documents and practices that became the foundations of the American political system during the early national period

Objective e. Describe the major debates and compromises that occurred during the Constitutional Convention and interpret their effects on the ratification process

Resource Links
A brief history of the Great Compromise, on the official Web page of the United States Senate.
“The Constitution and the Idea of Compromise” lesson plan, from PBS’s “Rediscovering George Washington” Web page
“Our” guide to the Constitution
National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution
Annotated Constitution, from Cornell Law School.
“Charters of Freedom” guide to the Constitution, from the National Archives
“A More Perfect Union” – in depth article on the Constitutional Convention, from the National Archives
Online curricular unit on the Constitution, from
Resources for Objective 1.A.2.e:
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