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Lesson Plans

In editing The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, CSAC has accumulated an archive of more than 70,000 primary source documents from the Founding era. CSAC has created the lesson plans below to facilitate the use of these documents in classrooms. These lesson plans are suggestions. Some modification may be necessary based on grade level and classroom considerations.

A Series of Lesson Plan Books Published by the CSAC

The Creation and Ratification of the Constitution

  • Part I. The Constitutional Convention
  • Part II. The Ratification of the Constitution

Scripted Conversations: The Federalist and Antifederalists Debate the Constitution

Scripted Conversations: The Supreme Court on Executive Power

Lesson Plans Using Materials on the CSAC Website

Lesson Plans by CSAC Fellows

Lessons Relating to the Confederation Period

Lessons Relating to the Philadelphia Convention

Lessons Relating to the Ratification of the Constitution