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Lesson Overview

This unit includes four lessons using primary sources to examine continuity and change in the governing of the United States. Lessons one and two are focused on a study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and provide access to primary source documents from the Library of Congress. Lesson three investigates important issues which confronted the first Congress and has students examine current congressional debate over similar issues. Lesson four features broadsides from the Continental Congress calling for special days of thanksgiving and remembrance.


Students will be able to:

  • Interpret primary source documents in historical context
  • Analyze changes in the final drafts of the Constitution
  • Describe the evolution of the Bill of Rights
  • Compare issues facing the Continental Congress and present-day Congress
  • Analyze how Congress, under the Constitution, responds to contemporary issues


Time Required

  • Two weeks

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 9-12


  • Government, Law & Politics


  • The New Nation, 1783-1815


Kirk Ankeney and David Vigilante