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Summer SAVY, Session 3 Day 1, The Road to the White House (5th – 6th)

Posted by on Sunday, June 23, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

Today was a wonderful day of learning.  I truly enjoyed getting to know this group of students!  We began our week of learning by completing an introductory activity and setting group expectations and norms.  We also completed a preassessment that I will use to help guide my instruction this week. 

After that, we moved deeper into our course content.  Our first concept which will be essential to our understanding is learning about systems. We discussed the following questions from the curriculum: 

  • What is a system? 
  • What are some examples of systems? 
  • What are some systems in nature? 
  • What are some systems that have been invented? 
  • What are some systems that people are part of? 

As we moved deeper into our study, each student was provided with a personal copy of the U.S. Constitution.  We began to preview it and recorded questions that we had about various terms and concepts.  We discussed that when the founding fathers worked on the Constitution, they had questions about representations, government, structure, and civil rights.   

The students also examined two primary resources, Federalist No. 70 and No. 51, as well as Antifederalist No. 1 and Paper 67.  We discussed the implications and consequences based on the points of view at the time.  

Tonight, I would like for the students to discuss the exit ticket from today. 

  • Compare and contrast the views of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. 
  • Why were the founders afraid of a direct democracy? 
  • What was the purpose of writing the Constitution and forming this type of government? 

They can write down their ideas or simply share them with you. I am looking forward to having them share their perspectives tomorrow morning.  Have a wonderful evening. 

Dr. Dunlap