Puyallup School District Civics OER w/ Washington State History

Signing the Constitution
Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States.jpgSigning the Constitution

Signing the Constitution


  • Lessons from iCivics: Anatomy of the Constitution https://www.icivics.org/
  • Reading from American Government, e-book by ushistory.org: Unit 2 Foundations of American Government, Unit 6 Congress: the People’s Branch, Unit 7 The Presidency: The Leadership Branch?, Unit 9, The Judicial Branch, Unit 8 The Bureaucracy: The Real Government http://www.ushistory.org/gov/index.asp
  • Adapted lesson from Youth Leadership Initiative: Constitution Reading Guide http://yli236.youthleadership.net/

Suggested Supplemental Materials:

  • Make your own pocket Constitution, free PDF and short video. Teacher prints, students cut and staple http://constitutionbooklet.com/
  • iCivics games, Do I have a Right (Bill of Rights or Full version) and Braches of Power, take 30-40 minutes each and require internet access. https://www.icivics.org/
  • Rules for Running a Country, iCivics webquest. https://www.icivics.org

Original Materials:

  • Unit Coverpage
  • Notes guides for lessons
  • Unit crossword
  • Unit vocabulary

Each lesson will include:

  • PowerPoint adapted from original sources
  • Notes Guides (may be used as a reading guide)
  • Related worksheets (often from original sources)
  •  Quiz (adapted from original sources)

Unit 2 Civics Packet: includes student hand-outs for all materials in the unit; individual copies of student handouts can be found within each lesson folder.

Download: Unit_2_resources_directions.pdf

Download: Unit_2_Student_Packet.pdf

Constitution PreTest

Download: Constitution_Pre_Test.pdf

Download: Constitution_Pre_Test_Answer_Key.pdf

Constitution Reading Guide

Download: Constitution_Reading_Guide.pdf

Download: Constitution_Reading_Guide_answer_key.pdf

Unit 2 Reading and Notes

Have students read American Government, e-book by ushistory.org: Chapter 2, 6-9. Downloadable file and associated guides below:

Download: American_Government_Textbook-Unit_2_Readings.pdf

Download: Unit_2_Notes.pptx

Download: Unit_2_NOTES_GUIDE.pdf

Download: Unit_2_Notes_Quiz.pdf

Anatomy of the Constitution

Anatomy of the Constitution | iCivics - Educators must sign in to iCivics in order to download materials. See Attribution section.

This lesson gives an article-by-article overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution. Students learn about the duties and powers of the three branches, the amendment process, and the role of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. (Note: Anatomy of the Constitution now includes content previously covered by the lesson Directions for Democracy.)

Download: Anatomy_of_Constitution_ICivics.pdf

Download: Anatomy_of_Constitution_READING.pdf

Download: Anatomy_of_Constitution_WORKSHEET.pdf

Download: Anatomy_of_the_Constitution_QUIZ.pdf

Bill of Rights

Download: Bill_of_Rights.pdf

Download: Bill_of_Rights_Quiz.pdf

Checks and Balances

Download: Checks_and_Balances.pdf

Download: Checks_and_Balances_Quiz.pdf

Download: Bill_of_Rights_Answer_Key.pdf

Division of Powers

Download: Division_of_Powers.pdf

Download: Division_of_Powers_Quiz.pdf

Download: Division_of_Powers_answer_key.pdf

Amendments at Work

Download: Our_Amendments_at_Work.pdf

Download: Our_Amendments_at_Work_answer_key.pdf

Crossword and Key Terms

Download: unit_2_Key_Terms_List.pdf

Download: Unit_2_Crossword_with_key.pdf

Attribution and License

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States  by Howard Chandler Christy | Public domain

Anatomy of the Constitution readings and Teacher Guide is copyright iCivics, Inc. 
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Except where otherwise noted, original materials by Puyallup School District are available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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