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“Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Articles vs. The Constitution
The national government, under the Articles of Confederation, faced several critical problems. Some dealt with the structure of the government itself. These problems included weak provisions for ongoing management of national affairs (a lack of a separate executive branch), a limited ability to resolve disputes arising under the Articles (a lack of a separate judicial branch) and stiff requirements for passing legislation and amending the Articles. National issues facing the government included paying the debt from the Revolutionary War, the British refusal to evacuate forts on U.S. soil, the Spanish closure of the Mississippi River to American navigation and state disputes over land and trade. Economic problems in the states led to Shays’ Rebellion.

The Constitution of the United States strengthened the structure of the national government. Separate executive and judicial branches were established. More practical means of passing legislation and amending the Constitution were instituted. The new government would have the ability to address the issues facing the nation. Powers to levy taxes, raise armies and regulate commerce were given to Congress.
I can:
  • Develop an argument that a particular provision of the Constitution of the United States would help address a problem facing the United States in the 1780s.

  • Develop theses and use evidence to support or refute positions.

  • Analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.

Tech Skills:
  • Navigate websites

  • Utilize keyboarding and mouse skills

  • Select objects and paste them into another location.

  • Select an object to resize for proper proportions

  • Select areas within the drawing

  • Drag and drop objects and text depending on the needs of the product

  • Highlight text and copy and paste it into another location.

  • Utilize Google Drawings to create.

  • Publish and share a digital creation

Materials and Resources:

Venn Diagram template

Video - How to Use Google Drawings

Document - How to Use Goolge Drawings


Grade Level:
  • 9th-12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • American History

After examining American History as the United States struggled under the Articles of Confederation and transitioned to the government under The Constitution. Student will differentiate between the two governing document highlighting their similarities and difference through the use of a Venn Diagram.


Activity 1

Students will create text boxes highlighting the key components of The Articles of Confederation. They may insert images if deemed appropriate for the diagram.


Activity 2

Students will create tight boxes highlighting the key components of The Constitution of the United States. They may insert images if deemed appropriate for the diagram.


Activity 3

Students should drop and drag or create new text boxes for those things that each document has in common and would fall within the overlap of the diagram.


Activity 4

Students will submit their completed diagram to teacher.


Ohio American History

  • 7. Problems facing the national government under the Articles of Confederation led to the drafting of the Constitution of the United States. The framers of the Constitution applied ideas of Enlightenment in conceiving the new government.
Supplementary Resources:

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