Essential Questions Specialty Area 12
1. What ideas and documents and experiences with Great Britain (England) shaped American beliefs about government?
3. What powers did the central government have under the Articles of Confederation?
4. What contributed to the failure of the Articles of Confederation?
5. How did the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation affect U.S. relations with other countries?
6. What was the purpose of the 2nd Constitutional Convention? Who was involved? What was the result? Where was it held?
7. Identify and discuss the differences between the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution.
a. Branches of Government
b. Powers of the Government
c. Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
SO WHAT? While completing your research what conclusions did you draw? Why does this topic matter, how do the events you studied change history? Write a one paragraph thesis that addresses what is important about this subject & what should people remember.
Web links to Research, Project Helps and Online Presentation Assitance
The "Project Assistance" button above will give you access to numerous websites that can assist you in creating web based projects. Regardless of your chosen project take a few minutes to review the available web sites, you might find something you were not previously aware of that will be of interest to you!
The "Willowcreek Library Texts and Tools" button above will link you to the Alexandria Library. Within the Alexandria library any books with the call number starting with "REF" or a number are informational texts, conversely any call number starting with "FIC", "PB", or "SC" are fictional texts. To access books tagged for the Revolutionary war, go to the search page, type in "ness rev war", and hit search. on the top right hand corner click on the "find more" box. To assist in your search, go to the top drop down menu "unsorted" and sort by "Call Number", this will categorize the fiction and informational texts,posting the informational texts (excluding reference texts) on the top; in addition it will indicate the order of the texts on the stacks. Identify the call number to find the text on the stacks.
Page Numbers in the Text Specialty Area 12
Call to Freedom
Student Created Materials
Below is an accurate and academic presentation written and presented by Nick G. on the Articles of Confederation. Student can use this information to answer the questions on SA 12 in their student workbook.
Student Created Materials
Below is a humorous and accurate presentation created and written by Jordan (and his talented family) on the problems facing the new nation. Students can use this information to answer the question on SA 12 in their student workbook.
Suggested Websites for Specialty Area 11
Suggested Novels for Specialty Area
Title: The Articles of the Confederation
Author: Renee C. Rebman
Synopsis: Discusses the Articles of Confederation that set the structure and defined the powers of the new government for its first 13 years.
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feel a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles
Title: The year of the hangman
Author: Gary Blackwood.
In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.
Title: Everybody's revolution: a new look at the people who won America's freedom
Author: Thomas Fleming
The story of the American Revolution featuring men and women from various cultural backgrounds who made significant contributions to the war effort.
Title: The spy: A tale of the neutral ground (CLASSICAL NOVEL, ADVANCED READERS ONLY)
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Reprint of an 1821 novel that tells the story of a man who risked his life in service to America during the Revolutionary War
Title: Paul Revere and his midnight ride EASY READ
Author: Gary Jeffrey; illustrated by James Field
The thrilling story of one of the most famous horse rides in American history awaits readers in this book. Paul Reveres journey to warn colonial leaders of the coming British invasion is told with illuminating detail, blending important facts with an easy-to-follow narrative. Includes index
Author: Anna Myers
In 1774, 12-year-old Jonah becomes a pupil of Nathan Hale, inspiring him to question his beliefs about the upcoming revolution, leading Jonah to a decision that causes Nathan's execution.
Title: Time enough for drums
Author: Ann Rinaldi
Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king.
Title: Attack of the turtle
Author: Drew Carlson Fourteen-year-old Nathan joins forces with his cousin David Bushnell to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare
Title: The Sons of Liberty
Author: Lagos, Alexander, Walker, Steve, Kramek, Oren, Lagos, Joseph
Two runaway slaves in Colonial America gain super-powers and two mentors
See Below For Available Films and Podcasts Related to Specialty Area
Rebels & Redcoats
A unique British produced documentary that shares the British perspective about the American Revolution
PBS Liberty: The World Turned Upside Down
LIBERTY! is a six-part series of one-hour documentaries for PBS. It describes how the American Revolution evolved and how a new nation was born in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, using actors, Revolutionary era scholars, and eyewitness accounts of the time.
Liberty: Are We To Be A Nation
The American Revolution: The Story of Us
A miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress -- from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad to triumphing over vertical space through the construction of steel-structured buildings. The series also is a story of conflict, with Native American peoples, slavery, the Revolutionary War that birthed the nation, the Civil War that divided it, and the great world war that shaped its future."
The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8
John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. While these Articles got the young nation through its war with England, they weren't of much use when it came to running a country. So, the founding fathers decided try their hand at nation-building, and they created the Constitution of the United States, which you may remember as the one that says We The People at the top. John will tell you how the convention came together, some of the compromises that had to be made to pass this thing, and why it's very lucky that the framers installed a somewhat reasonable process for making changes to the thing. You'll learn about Shays' Rebellion, the Federalist Papers, the elite vs rabble dynamic of the houses of congress, and start to find out just what an anti-federalist is.
Who Won the American Revolution?: Crash Course US History #7
John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we've labored the point here, but they weren't the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this war played out for the Founding Fathers; they got to become the Founding Fathers. But what did the revolution mean to the common people in the United States? For white, property-owning males, it was pretty sweet. They gained rights that were a definite step up from being British Colonial citizens. For everyone else, the short-term gains were not clear. Women's rights were unaffected, and slaves remained in slavery. As for poor white folks, they remained poor and disenfranchised. The reality is it took a long time for this whole democracy thing to get underway, and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness weren't immediately available to all these newly minted Americans.k here to edit.
The Role of Citizens following the Rev. War (according to the Dept. of Defense)
TOM SCHULER, COBBLER-STATESMAN - Department of Defense 1958 - PIN 20111 - THIS ANIMATED FILM TELLS THE STORY OF TOM SCHULER, AN ORDINARY COBBLER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ERA, WHO PLAYED A SMALL BUT VITAL ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION. AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN, TOM SCHULER TOOK AN AVID INTEREST IN THE MANY PROBLEMS THAT FACED THE COLONIES AFTER REVOLUTIONARY WAR, PARTICULARLY ON THE ISSUE OF FEDERAL AND STATES RIGHTS. HE WAS ELECTED AS A DELEGATE TO THE STATE CONVENTION FOR THE RATIFICATION OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AT THE CONVENTION, TOM MADE NOTEABLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE FORMULATION OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS, AND IN THE ENUNCIATION OF THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES INHERENT TO LOCAL STATE GOVERNMENTS WITHIN THE STRUCTURE OF A CENTRAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE THEME IS DEVELOPED JUST AS TOM SCHULER DID IN HIS TIME, THERE IS NO LIMIT AS TO WHAT WE AS PRIVATE CITIZENS CAN DO TO IMPROVE THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE BY TAKING AN INTEREST AND ACCEPTING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN SOLVING THE MANY PROBLEMS FACING OUR COUNTRY.
Shay's Rebellion 1787 - REVOLT Against the Blue Blood Masons - REAL American History
A conservative view of Shay's rebellion
The Articles of Confederation Explained: U.S. History Review
Mr. Hughes explains the basics of the Articles of Confederation including the reasons for its eventual demise. Topics include the NW Ordinance of 1787, Shay's Rebellion and the Annapolis Convention.
What Were the Articles of Confederation? | America: Facts vs. Fiction
The Articles of Confederation proved to be more trouble than help with individual states all pushing their interests and agendas, to the point of threatening the country as a whole. This video is prepared by the military channel