The Constitution begins with a brief but informative history the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence and also its creators are also analyzed in detail.
The turbulent period following the Revolutionary War is detailed in a series of primary sources, timelines, interactive diagrams, and biographies. Students can read all about our nation’s initial vulnerability—and its moments of near economic and political collapse—in the descriptions of the Newburgh Conspiracy and Shays’s Rebellion.
Students can read biographies of the framers of the Constitution, click through a diagram that outlines some of the initial plans for the new government, swipe through a timeline of the Constitutional Convention, and read about the ratification process.
In the final chapter, students analyze each article of the Constitution and learn about each of the twenty-seven amendments. Most importantly, students will grasp the importance of the document’s flexibility and present-day significance as a guide for lawmakers as well as private citizens.
All readers—students, teachers, librarians, and parents—can access the clear, succinct, age-level appropriate explanations of these historical events.