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Chapter 2: Roots of American Democracy

Web Activity Lesson Plans

In this chapter students read about the growth of individual rights and democracy from the Magna Carta through the Articles of Confederation. Throughout history men and women have recorded their ideas on government in essays, treatises, and laws. Although the Articles government lasted only a short time, it was an important first step as thirteen states became one nation.

Lesson Description
Students will visit the site of the Avalon Project maintained by the Yale University Law School. Here they will read the text of the Articles of Confederation and answer questions about it. Finally, they will write a newspaper article covering the approval of the Articles.

Instructional Objectives
  1. The learner will be able to read a primary source for factual information.
  2. The learner will be able to present information about the Articles of Confederation from the point of view of an eighteenth century reporter.
Student Web Activity Answers
  1. The states entered this "league of friendship" for common defense, security of their liberties, and mutual and general welfare.
  2. Paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice would not enjoy the "privileges and immunities of free citizens."
  3. The Congress met on the first Monday in November; each state had one vote.
  4. Canada
  5. Students' newspaper articles will vary.
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