American Constitution Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



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This presentation helps students understand why the first American constitution known as the Articles of Confederation had to be replaced with the American Constitution that is used today. Students will have a deeper knowledge of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.

This a a great PowerPoint (or Google Slides) you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own. The design is professional and minimal (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes. Otherwise, you can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, you will need to upload the file to your Google Slides or Google Docs).

Content in PPT includes:

  • Articles of Confederation
  • Attempted coup d’état
  • Shays’s Rebellion
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Three Branches of the American government
  • Legislative Branch
  • Executive Branch
  • Judicial Branch
  • Virginia Plan
  • New Jersey Plan
  • Electoral College
  • Ratifying the Constitution
  • Federalist Papers
  • Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Bill of Rights
  • and more!

This presentation reviews the reasons for the American Revolution and the desire by the Founding Fathers to not create a tyrannical government like the British government. It briefly details the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation including the weak federal government that couldn’t help Massachusetts extinguish the Shays’s Rebellion. Then it goes over the creation of the Constitution and the government it formed. After going over the government and three branches, this presentation details the passionate debates between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Finally, it ends with the addition of the Bill of Rights.

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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