Eighth Grade


Using primary sources, students will identify the reasons for the establishment of the colony at Plymouth and the importance of the Mayflower Compact to the growth of representative government. Lesson link   Understanding the Significance of the Mayflower Compact Powerpoint
By matching the event with the cause and effect cards, students review the events that played a role in causing the American Revolution. Lesson link
Students read the Declaration of Independence to find textual evidence to support or refute their predictions on statements about the document. Lesson link
After discussing the purpose and process for amending the Constitution, students take on the role of delegates to the constitutional convention and discuss proposed changes. Lesson link Amending the Constitution Powerpoint
Students will sort the powers of government into the three branches of government. Large signs are available to help check for understanding as a class. Lesson link
This manipulative lesson allows students to show their understanding of how each branch of government is able to check the power of the other branches. Lesson link
This review activity has students review key facts and principles of the U.S. Constitution. Students ask and answer questions using a set of cards. Lesson link
In this lesson, students examine the rights contained in the U.S. Bill of Rights and demonstrate an understanding of those rights as they play Bingo. Lesson link
After examining the contributions of John, Abigail, and John Quincy Adams, students will create living memorials to depict their role in American history. Lesson link   Honoring the Adams Family Powerpoint
The election of 1800 and the appointment of the Midnight Judges set the stage for the landmark Supreme Court case of Marbury v Madison. In this lesson, students will understand the significant events, figures, and decision of this case. Lesson link   Marbury v Madison Vocabulary Powerpoint
In this lesson, students describe the contributions of significant political and social leaders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton as they examine the Declaration of Sentiments that was drafted at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848. Lesson link
This lesson has students process the contributions of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln by having them identify the artifacts that would be on each of their desks. Each artifact represents information the student has discovered about the President’s term in office. Lesson link
This short writing assignment has students write an editorial from different perspectives on events surrounding the Civil War. Lesson link


Bee In a Box

#Liam Learns

Oyez Oyez

Federalist Anti-Fed

Bill of Rights


Check Point Powers

Preamble Scramble


Preamble Pirates

Who Am I?

Constitution Game

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