Lesson Plan

U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution Test Prep
Crystal T.
Classroom teacher
DYS Girardot Center for Youth and Families
Cape Girardeau, MO
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My Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
Objectives

Students will be able to master key concepts related to the U.S. Constitution in order to pass the state-required assessment.

Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 9 - 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

The teacher will ask all students to work in pairs to complete the five question Kahoot quiz at the beginning of class. Students need to access Kahoot, enter the class PIN and follow the prompts on the Smart Board. The questions will come from the U.S. Constitution test. The winning pair will receive a reward for the highest score.

Student Instructions

Students will pair up with another General Ed student and log in to the computer. Students will access Kahoot, enter the PIN and follow the prompt on the Smart Board. The questions will come from the U.S. Constitution test. The winning pair will receive a reward for the highest score.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

Students will need a copy of the U.S. Constitution workbook, notebook paper and a highlighter. (Students are not allowed to write in the workbook; all answers must be written on a separate sheet of paper.) Ask students to open the workbook to the assigned activity for the day. The teacher will call on students to read aloud. After each paragraph, the teacher will facilitate a class discussion about relevant facts within the reading. Students will highlight said facts. When all reading prompts are complete, ask for questions or observations from the class. When the discussion is over, ask students to transition to the next step: Guided Practice.

Student Instructions

Students will need a copy of the U.S. Constitution workbook, notebook paper and a highlighter. (Remember, you are not allowed to write in the workbook; all answers must be written on a separate sheet of paper.) Open the workbook to the assigned activity for the day. Students will be called on to read aloud. After each paragraph, highlight relevant facts as pointed out by the teacher in class discussion. When all reading prompts are complete, you will be allowed to ask questions or make observations about the reading material. After all student questions and observations, you will transition to the next step as guided by the teacher.

3 Guided Practice

The teacher will utilize Flipquiz to facilitate guided practice for the lesson. Students will need to place their desks where they can see the Smart Board. Each student will need a personal white board, an Expo marker and an eraser. Begin the Flipquiz. Students will write their answers IN CURSIVE as quickly (and legibly) as possible. The student must raise their hand for acknowledgment. Each student will get two points for having the first correct response that is written in legible cursive. Every student with a correct response will receive one point. (Ask the Daytime Youth Specialist to help keep score and watch for the first student to respond.) The student with the most points at the end of the game will receive a prize.

 

Student Instructions

All students will move their desks in front of the Smart Board after being notified by the teacher to do so. Students will need a personal white board, an Expo marker and an eraser. Once Flipquiz begins, the students will see a game-show quiz format on the Smart Board. As soon as the student reads the question, they will write their answer on the white board IN CURSIVE, as quickly and legibly as possible. After the answer is written, the student will then raise their hand. They will be called in to share their answer. Each student with a correct response that is written in legible cursive will receive two points.  Every student with a correct response will receive one point. The student with the most points at the end of the game will receive a prize.

 

 

4 Independent Practice

After completing the Flipquiz activity, students will return their seats back to where they are normally assigned. Ask students to refer back to their Constitution workbooks. Guide the students to the assigned questions for the day. All answers must be written in cursive and must be in a complete sentence. While they are working on the workbook assignment, call on each student individually to go to a computer and begin working on the U.S. Naturalization Test, which is a 24-question, multiple-choice quiz. When they are done with the quiz, they need to notify the teacher or the youth specialist so their score can be checked and recorded. (They are not to share their score with other students at this point!) After recording their scores, ask the student to return to their seat and continue working on their daily workbook questions. Call on another student to repeat the same process. After all students have taken the quiz and the workbook questions are completed, the class will discuss their scores. 

 

Student Instructions

After completing the Flipquiz activity, students will need to return their desks to their assigned area. Each student will need to reference their copy of the Constitution workbook. The teacher will give you the daily assignment. As the workbook assignments are being worked on quietly, the teacher will call on individual students to go to the computer and take a practice quiz. The quiz is called the U.S. Naturalization Test, which is the test that all immigrants are required to pass when applying to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Many of these questions are the same as the questions on the U.S. Constitution test required for all MO students. When the quiz is completed, notify the teacher or the youth specialist so the score can be recorded. Do NOT share your scores with your peers at this point.  After the score has been recorded by staff, quietly return to your seat and continue to work on the daily workbook assignment. When everyone has finished both the workbook questions and the online quiz, the group will discuss their scores.

 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Ask the students to "Trade & Grade" their workbook assignments. (They are familiar with this process. Remind them to sign the bottom of the paper as the grader. Also, remind students that they are responsible for grading their peer's paper correctly. Any mistakes will be taken from THEIR score, not the person whose paper they are grading. This makes them more accountable for grading and knowing the correct answers. Ask graders for any questions they may have.) Once they have traded papers, read each question and answer aloud. Explain the point value of each question before reading the answer. If they are unclear about any responses, encourage the grader to ask for clarification. When the grading process is complete, ask the graders to hand back the paper to its rightful owner. Ask the owners to look over the grading. If they disagree with the marks or score, they may then advocate for their points to be added back. In order to do so, they must bring the workbook reading material with them and justify to (show) the teacher why their answer should be considered for additional points.  

Student Instructions

Students will be asked to "Trade & Grade" their workbook assignments. (Remember to sign the bottom of the paper as the grader. Also, remember that you are responsible for grading your peer's paper correctly. Any mistakes will be taken from YOUR score, not the person whose paper you are grading. Please feel free to raise your hand and ask your teacher for clarification about any answers. Pay particular attention to the point value for each question you are grading.) After the students have all traded papers, the teacher will read each question and answer aloud. When the grading process is complete, hand back the paper to its rightful owner. Owners must look over the grading. If you disagree with the marks or score, you may then advocate for your points to be added back. In order to do so, you must bring the workbook reading material with you and justify to (show) the teacher why your answer should be considered for additional points. The teacher's decision is final. When the grading process is complete, place your workbook answer sheet in your Constitution folder and place in the Social Studies assignment tray.