Learning Exercise

The Constitutional Convention of 1787

Students will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution.
Course: US History I

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Prioritize Please: Read the article pertaining to the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution located at: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/convention1787.html . Create a list of the weakness of the Articles of Confederation. Prioritize the list of weakness in order importance as to which should be changed immediately. Be sure to give reasons for your answer. Post your list and reasons to the discussion board. The class will read the entries and discuss the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Debate and come to consensus on the priority list to change the weaknesses.

Technical Notes

Author Pattie Morton


The Constitution: From Confederation to Constitution

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Identify and explain key events, including the Federalist--Anti-Federalist debates and the issue of a national bill of rights, that led to the ratification of the Constitution in 1787.