- Learn more about The World’s Fair at Chicago.
- According to Mr. Dunlap, what is “an un-American American”?
- Make a list of five places near your location that you can visit over the next five months.
- Read “A Pleasure Trip to Hampton” by B. P. Shillaber.
- Learn more about the capitol dome.
- Older students can read The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale.
- This book was written in 1894. In 1897 the train station where President James Garfield was shot had a fire and the bronze star on the floor of the station that marked the spot where the president had been standing at the time he was assassinated was removed. President Theodore Roosevelt later had the station itself removed.
- Who were Scheherazade and the Brothers Grimm? What was Jack trying to say?
- You can read The Four Georges by Thackeray if you wish.
- Learn more about George III.
- Read about Columbus.
- What does “No Taxation Without Representation” mean? You might enjoy the Schoolhouse Rock video below by way of explanation. 🙂
- Narration: “No Taxation Without Representation.”
- Brush up on the Revolutionary War.
- Learn more about the Continental Congress.
- Describe the delegates from the thirteen states that met at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 in Philadelphia.
- Why did George Washington make a good choice to preside over the Convention?
- Read a list of those who attended the Constitutional Convention.
Learn more about the Continental Congress from The Book of Knowledge:
Now that the colonies had become independent states, what sort of government did they have? You remember that in the beginning of the Revolution, delegates from the colonies met and called themselves the Continental Congress. This body raised an army, issued paper money, borrowed more money and carried on the war; but no one could say how many or how few its rights were. Soon people began to feel the need for a closer union of the states. A committee of the Congress drew up a paper called the Articles of Confederation…. Under these articles the states kept nearly all of the power and the Confederation had very little. There was no president of the United States. Each state sent not less than two and not more than seven delegates to Congress, and each state, whether large or small, had one vote….
It soon became clear to almost everyone that the Confederation was not working, and that a stronger, more efficient kind of central government must be found…. [Congress called a convention that] met in May, 1787, in Philadelphia, in the same room in which the Declaration of Independence had been signed. Many great men were members, and George Washington was chosen to preside over the meetings. Some of the the members were James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.
“Building the New Nation” from The Book of Knowledge
More information about the dome from the Architect of the Capitol.
The Capitol Grounds
Brochure with highlights.
A Capitol Adventure
We will explore the Capitol in more depth in a later lesson, but for now students can acquaint themselves through this fun activity guide.
No More Kings
Schoolhouse Rock video explaining “No Taxation Without Representation.”
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The Constitutional Convention of 1787
The why’s, who’s, and lots of resources at the University of Missouri KC.
Map of Historic Philadelphia
Interactive map of the Constitutional Convention site.
Constitution Day: A Unit Study
Many resources on the Constitutional Convention.
Free History Studies: George Washington
Learn more about George Washington’s role in the Constitutional Convention, why he was so trusted, and more!
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