Portfolio Review Section 1: The Founding of a Nation and the Civil War
U.S. History—(Due Sept. 2/3), Appendix A1-A65, chapter 1-2, and supplements
Standard 11.1: Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy
of government described in the Declaration of Independence.
1. Describe the Enlightenment and the rise of democratic ideas as the context in which the nation was founded.
2. Analyze the ideological origins of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers' philosophy of divinely bestowed
unalienable natural rights, the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of
3. Understand the history of the Constitution after 1787 with emphasis on federal versus state authority and growing
4. Examine the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction and of the industrial revolution, including demographic shifts and
the emergence in the late nineteenth century of the United States as a world power.
1. Chapter Introduction. Write an introduction with three body paragraphs utilizing primary
documents (Declaration of Independence, writings of John Locke, the Constitution, etc.) that address the
following (1) Causes of the American Revolution, (2) Influences of the Enlightenment, (3) Basic
principles of the Constitution and potential problems. It must be typed in formal 5-paragraph format.
2. See it-Say it. Use a picture and key words to explain the ideas below. Use notebook paper and divide each
paper into eight squares. Give each square a title & number, illustrate the idea, and use clue words and summarize.
1. Columbian Exchange 7. Great Compromise 13. Louisiana Purchase.
2. Middle Passage 8. Marbury v. Madison 14. Kansas-Nebraska Act
3. Intolerable Acts 9. 13th Amendment 15. Missouri compromise
4. Common Sense 10. canal building 16. Manifest Destiny
5. Articles of Confederation 11. Trail of Tears 17. Jim Crow laws
6. Natural rights 12. Seneca Falls 18. Republic of California
3. Snapshot Bios—Key players. Use a piece of white paper and divide them into 6 squares. Give each
square a title, a date, and important events/ideas the person was involved. Use carton and clue word drawings to
illustrate the importance of each for the people below and write 3 sentences on the importance of each person.
1. George Washington 5. Thomas Paine 9. Abraham Lincoln
2. Thomas Jefferson 6. Benjamin Franklin 10. Jefferson Davis
3. John Locke 7. Roger Sherman 11. Dred Scott
4. John Marshall 8. Alexander Hamilton 12. Grant and Lee
4. Era and Events. Do a 1/3 page snapshot history for each of the ideas below. It is to be a 50-word written
historical sketch telling information & facts about the ideas, events, people, and times. Title each section and add
1. Jamestown Colony 5. Declaration of Independence 9. Slavery issue 1777-1784
2. French and Indian War 6. Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists 10. Civil War
3. First Great Awakening 7. Bill of Rights 11. Emancipation Proclamation
4. The Enlightenment 8. Shay’s Rebellion (effect) 12. Reconstruction
5. Graphic of the Constitution. On a piece of paper, draw a brief outline of the Constitution
including the Bill of Rights. Using pictures, drawings, cutouts, etc, place pictorials on the paper
showing influences, modern examples, important people, and key philosophies.
6. Other. Handouts, maps, class notes, current events, quizzes, readings, other materials, etc...