Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Our Constitution: The Who - The What - The Why - Section 1: Creating the Purpose


One big change I have made to better support Common Core "Big Ideas" is to supplement my lessons with a range of text and book varieties in guided reading, ELA centers and even math. This gives students freedom of choice but in a controlled manner that encourages research, questioning and learning more about the topics discussed in class. I try to vary my books from textbook, to interesting facts, to realistic fiction or historical narrative to give them access to a variety of text at different reading levels.

Here's a review of some of the books I used with these lessons:


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Our Constitution: The Who - The What - The Why

Unit 13: Creating our Government Through Blood, Sweat and Fears
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT...understand and describe the three sections of the Constitution and why each is important to the early governing of the colonies.

Big Idea: The Constitution is important so we need to make sure we not only follow all its rules, but also know what all the rules are.

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