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Constitution and Government

The Teach Tennessee History website is designed to assist teachers in implementing the 2015 Tennessee State Social Studies Standards.  Please use the menu links to the left to access the following resources for Constitution and Government:

ETHS Teaching Materials:  Click on ETHS Teaching Materials to find student-friendly essays and classroom activities developed by ETHS staff.  The essays and activities are designed based on the Tennessee Social Studies Standards. The downloadable teacher packets also include primary sources and images when available.

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Standards 4.37-4.42

Creating a New Government

Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the Constitution.

4.37 Analyze the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, including no power to tax, weak central government, and the impact of Shays’ Rebellion. (P)

4.38 Explain the events that led to the creation and failure of the Lost State of Franklin. (G, P, TN)

4.39 Identify the various leaders of the Constitutional Convention and analyze the major issues they debated, including: (C, E, H)

  • distribution of power between the states and federal government

  • Great Compromise

  • Slavery and the 3/5 Compromise
  • George Washington and James Madison

4.40 Explain the ratification process and describe the conflict between Federalists and Anti- Federalists over ratification, including the need for a Bill of Rights. (H, P)

4.41 Describe the principles embedded in the Constitution, including: (P)

• purposes of government listed in the Preamble
• separation of powers
• branches of government
• check and balances
• the amendment process
• principle of judicial review
• recognition of and protection of individual rights in the 1st Amendment

4.42 Write an opinion piece with supporting detail from primary sources that defends the ratification of the Constitution. (P)

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: Preamble of the Constitution; excerpts from Articles 1, 2, and 3 of the United States Constitution; 1st Amendment 

Standards 8.28-8.37

The Constitution and Foundation of the American Political System (1777-1789)

Students analyze the political principles underlying the Constitution, compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government, and understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate.

8.28 Describe the significance of the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and the Mayflower Compact in relation to the development of government in America. (C, H, P)

8.29 Analyze the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and their impact on the future development of western settlement and the spread of public education and slavery. (E, G, P)

8.30 Analyze the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, including no power to tax, no common currency, no control of interstate commerce, and no executive branch, failure of the Lost State of Franklin and the impact of Shays’ Rebellion. (C, E, H, P, TN)

8.31 Identify the various leaders of the Constitutional Convention and analyze the major issues they debated, including: (C, E, H)

  • distribution of power between the states and federal government
  • Great Compromise
  • Slavery and the 3/5 Compromise
  • George Washington and James Madison
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8.32 Explain the ratification process and describe the conflict between Federalists and Anti- Federalists over ratification, including the need for a Bill of Rights and concern for state’s rights, citing evidence from the Federalist Papers No. 10 and 51 and other primary source texts. (H, P)

8.33 Describe the principles embedded in the Constitution, including the purposes of government listed in the Preamble, separation of powers, check and balances, the amendment process, federalism, and recognition of and protections of individual rights in the Bill of Rights. (P)

8.34 Write an opinion piece arguing for the importance of a particular right as it impacts individuals and/or groups, using evidence from the Bill of Rights and contemporary informational text. (P)

8.35 Analyze the major events of George Washington’s presidency, including Pinckney’s Treaty, Jay’s Treaty, Whiskey Rebellion, and precedents set in the Farewell Address. (G, P)

8.36 Explain the strict versus loose interpretation of the Constitution and how the conflicts between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton resulted in the emergence of two political parties by analyzing their views of foreign policy, economic policy (including the National Bank), funding, and assumption of the revolutionary debt. (C, E, G, H, P)

8.37 Explain the controversies that plagued the administration of John Adams, including the conflicts with England and France and the Alien and Sedition Acts. (H, P)

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: excerpts from The Articles of Confederation; the U.S. Constitution; The Federalist Paper # 10 and #51; The Bill of Rights; Washington’s Farewell Address

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Consider: excerpts from The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison; Patrick Henry’s arguments against ratification