Chapter 5 Learning Objectives:

Chapter Objective
To examine the domestic challenges faced by the young Republic; to understand American beliefs and principles reflected in the U.S. Constitution.

SECTION 1 "Experimenting with Confederation"
  1. Explain the differing ideas of republicanism.
  2. Identify three basic issues debated in drafting the Articles of Confederation.
  3. Describe the political and economic problems faced by the Confederation.

SECTION 2 "Drafting the Constitution"
  1. Identify events that led nationalist leaders to call for a convention to strengthen the government.
  2. Summarize the key conflicts at the Constitutional Convention and explain how they were resolved.
  3. Describe the form of government established by the Constitution.

SECTION 3 "Ratifying the Constitution"
  1. Contrast Federalist and Antifederalist arguments over ratification of the Constitution.
  2. Explain how and why the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.

Chapter 5 Power Point Presentations:

Chapter 5 Assignments:

In-Class Assignments
Reading Assignments
Readings are due the next school day unless noted otherwise
Homework Assignments
Assignments are due the next school day unless noted otherwise
  • Reflect on the following question and write a response in your notes: Who should have more power - states or the national government?
  • Discuss answers as a class. Discuss how this question applies to current political issues today.
  • Discuss the ideas of republicanism and republic
  • Group Assignment (10 points): Explain how the Continental Congress solved the problems listed below:
    • How would representation in the legislature be determined?
    • Can the supreme power of the government be divided? How?
    • Who gets the western lands? What requirements would a territory have to meet in order to become a state?
  • Discuss the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • In your notes, identify the causes and effects of Shays' Rebellion
  • Explain how the writers of the Constitution settled the issue of political representation.
  • Explain the terms of the Three-Fifths Compromise.
  • Section 5-1 pp. 132-137 Section 5-2 pp. 140-144.
  • No written assignment

  • Analyze how the Constitution divides power between the state and federal government.
  • Analyze the checks placed on the federal government by the Constitution.
  • Watch thisvideo about the Electoral College to understand how it works and its significance in American politics.
  • Identify the differences between Federalists and Antifederalists
  • Discuss the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
  • Bill of Rights group activity.
  • Section 5-3 pp. 145-149.


  • Chapter 5 Quiz
  • Review for Chapters 4-5 Test
  • No reading assignment
  • Quiz over Chapter 5 on Wednesday, 12.17.14
  • Review for Chapters 4-5 Test
  • No reading assignment
  • Prepare for Chapters 4-5 Test
  • Complete Chapters 4-5 Test Study Guide
  • Chapters 4-5 Test Today
  • No reading assignment
  • No written homework

Chapter 5 Quiz Terms

  • Republic
  • Republicanism
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Questions debated by Second Continental Congress when writing Articles (and their answers)
  • Northwest Ordinance
  • Weaknesses of Articles of Confederation
  • Shays' Rebellion
  • Great Compromise
  • Three-Fifths Compromise
  • Executive Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Federalism
  • Checks and Balances
  • Separation of Powers
  • Electoral College
  • Federalists
  • Anti-federalists
  • Bill of Rights
  • Number of States Needed for Ratification
  • Protections of the First Amendment