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Topic: Creation and ratification of the United States Constitution 

United States History

 Standard 8.  Understands the institutions and practices of government created during the Revolution and how these elements were revised between 1787 and 1815 to create the foundation of the American political system based on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the factors involved in calling the Constitutional Convention (e.g., Shay’s Rebellion)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows about the Constitutional Convention
     2.Knows how Shay’s Rebellion encouraged the calling of the Constitutional Convention
   Benchmark 2.Understands the issues and ideas supported and opposed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention (e.g., enduring features of the Constitution, such as the separation of powers, and checks and balances; the Virginia Plan; the New Jersey Plan; the Connecticut Compromise; abolition)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows of issues supported by some delegates at the Constitutional Convention
     2.Knows of issues opposed by some delegates at the Constitutional Convention
     3.Knows of ideas supported by some delegates at the Constitutional Convention
     4.Knows of ideas opposed by some delegates at the Constitutional Convention
     5.Understands the debates at the Constitutional Convention about the enduring features of the Constitution
     6.Understands the debate at the Constitutional Convention about the separation of powers
     7.Understands the debate at the Constitutional Convention about checks and balances
     8.Understands the debate at the Constitutional Convention about the Virginia Plan
     9.Understands the debate at the Constitutional Convention about the Connecticut Compromise
     10.Understands the debate at the Constitutional Convention about abolition
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands events that led to and shaped the Constitutional Convention (e.g., alternative plans and major compromises considered by delegates, the grievances of the debtor class and the fears of wealthy creditors involved in Shay’s Rebellion, the accomplishments and failures of the Articles of Confederation)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands events that led to the Constitutional Convention
     2.Understands events that shaped the Constitutional Convention
     3.Understands the alternative plans and major compromises considered by delegates at the Constitutional Convention
     4.Understands the grievances of the debtor class involved in Shay’s Rebellion
     5.Understands the fears of the wealthy creditors involved in Shay’s Rebellion
     6.Understands the accomplishments of the Articles of Confederation
     7.Understands the failures of the Articles of Confederation
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands influences on the ideas established by the Constitution (e.g., the ideas behind the distribution of powers and the system of checks and balances; the influence of 18th-century republican ideals and the economic and political interests of different regions on the compromises reached in the Constitutional Convention)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the ideas behind the distribution of powers in the Constitution
     2.Understands the ideas behind the system of checks and balances in the Constitution
     3.Understands the influence of 18th-century republican ideals on the compromises reached in the Constitutional Convention
     4.Understands the influence of the economic interests of different regions on the compromises reached in the Constitutional Convention
     5.Understands the influence of the political interests of different regions on the compromises reached in the Constitutional Convention
   Benchmark 2.Understands how Federalists and Anti-Federalists differed (e.g., their arguments for and against the Constitution of 1787, their relevance in late 20th century politics, their backgrounds, service during the Revolution, political experience)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows about Federalists
     2.Knows about Anti-Federalists
     3.Understands the arguments for the Constitution of 1787
     4.Understands the arguments against the Constitution of 1787
     5.Understands the relevance of Federalists’ and Anti-Federalists’ debates in late 20th century politics
     6.Understands the Federalists’ backgrounds
     7.Understands the Anti-Federalists’ backgrounds
     8.Knows about the Federalists’ service during the Revolution
     9.Knows about the Anti-Federalists’ service during the Revolution
     10.Understands the Federalists’ political experience
     11.Understands the Anti-Federalists’ political experience