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Making Civics Real Workshop 4: Constitutional Convention  
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Lesson Plan: Teaching the Lesson: Scheduling and Adaptations

Scheduling and Adaptations

The lesson that you see in the program took place over three class periods. If you have a 45-minute class, you would probably be able to follow Matt Johnson’s structure, having students finish the Executive Branch Worksheet on the first day, the Legislative Branch Worksheet on the second day, and the Judicial Branch Worksheet for homework. If you have a block period, you might have students finish the Executive Branch Worksheet, stop, and then discuss the procedures for debate on the first day. You could also extend this lesson to five class periods, using one period for each worksheet and two for the convention.

To adapt this lesson for a younger group, e.g., ninth- or 10th-grade students, consider reducing the requirements in the rubric, reducing the number of categories on each worksheet, and/or adjusting your expectations of how much material students might have at their command. The same would be true if you were using the lesson with students of a lower ability level than seen here.

Overview, Goals, and Planning     |     Introduction     |     Activity 1
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