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There have been 45

Presidents of the
United States.

How many can you


name?

• 0-9 = Poor
• 10-18 = OK
• 19-27 = Good
• 28-36 = Excellent
• 37+ = Genius!
Enquiry Question:
What type of government framework does the
constitution establish?
Learning Outcomes
• To analyse the US Constitution to discover the
framework of the government it established
• To identify and exemplify the fundamental
concepts the constitution is based on
• To explore the areas of debate surrounding
these fundamental concepts
Document Analysis:
The Constitution
• To understand the Six Big Ideas which underpin the
Constitution you need to be familiar with the text
itself.
• Mapping the text of the Constitution allows you to
see the attention the Founders gave to the structure
and power of government.
• The 4447 words of the U.S. Constitution are the
foundation of the nation and establish the federal
government's structures and branches.
• By counting the words in each article and calculating
the percentage of the whole it represents, you can
determine how much of the overall constitution was
dedicated to each structure or power.
Document Analysis:
The Constitution
YOUR TASK:
• Fill out the table on the hand-out to determine the number of
words contained in each Article of the Constitution, and the
percentage of the whole document that represents.
• This can be done easily with a digital copy of the text using the
word count feature available in most word processing programs
– use your chrome book/tablet/smart phone to access a digital
copy.
• Map the Constitution by representing the percentages from the
table in a visual form on the hand-out.
• Using different colours for each of the Articles and the
Preamble, colour in the squares to represent the percentage of
the whole Constitution that is dedicated to each article.
• Each square represents 1% of the document (round up or down
as necessary).
Which topics
received the most
Does the map suggest attention in the
hypotheses about the Constitution?
relative importance to
the Founders of the
powers of the new
government? To what extent do the
powers of each branch
of government
displayed in the map
Discuss these match how the federal
government works
questions in pairs and today?
be ready to feedback
your ideas.
Learning Outcomes
• To analyse the US Constitution to discover the
framework of the government it established
• To identify and exemplify the fundamental
concepts the constitution is based on
• To explore the areas of debate surrounding
these fundamental concepts
Six Big Ideas
• There are six fundamental concepts and ideas
that the US Constitution is based on.
• For each concept, using your prior knowledge
of UK politics and government, discuss in pairs
and agree on a definition.
Document Analysis:
The Constitution
YOUR TASK: Example:
• You will now analyse the text of the Separation of Powers-
Constitution to identify specific examples
of the Six Big Ideas in action. Article II, Section 2, clause
• You will be divided into six groups with 2 says that the Executive
each group assigned a Big Idea. "shall have Power, by and
• You will need a copy of the with the Advice and
Constitution(printed or electronic).
Consent of the Senate, to
• You need to identify two examples of your
‘Big Idea’ in action. make Treaties, provided
• Complete the hand-out with the quote two thirds of the Senators
from the Constitution and its location. You present concur." This
will then explain the quote to hone in on
its meaning. means that two branches,
• There will be multiple correct answers for the President and Congress
each Big Idea. (the Senate), have to agree
• Each group will share their examples with before a treaty goes into
the class.
effect.
Learning Outcomes
• To analyse the US Constitution to discover the
framework of the government it established
• To identify and exemplify the fundamental
concepts the constitution is based on
• To explore the areas of debate surrounding
these fundamental concepts
Debating Political Ideas
• More than 220 years after the YOUR TASK:
ratification of the Constitution, • In pairs you will be assigned a
the Six Big Ideas still inspire scenario based on one of the Six
debate. Big Ideas.
• Different understandings of how • One of you will argue for Position
the Big Ideas should be A and the other will argue for
manifested in the actions of the Position B.
federal government often • You need to identify 5 key
engender debates over what arguments (and examples!) to
government should be doing in support your position.
the name of the people it serves.
• Work together to discuss the
• You will obtain an understanding arguments and counter
of these current disputes by arguments before committing
taking sides in a debate featuring them to your hand-out.
current issues.
Learning Outcomes
• To analyse the US Constitution to discover the
framework of the government it established
• To identify and exemplify the fundamental
concepts the constitution is based on
• To explore the areas of debate surrounding
these fundamental concepts
How good is your geo-political knowledge?
On the blank map of the USA, label as many states
correctly as you can.
Homework
Application Task:
N/A
Flipped Learning Preparation Task:
Reading and Note Taking:
Principles of the US Constitution and their
effectiveness today
(Edexcel Politics for AS & A Level, Pearson p327-330)
Stretch & Challenge Task
History.com – The Federalist Papers