New Nation TimeLine
An American History
South Carolina Standards
• USHC-2: The student will demonstrate
an understanding of the establishment of the
United States as a new nation.
• USHC-2.4 Summarize the creation of a
new national government, including the new
state constitutions, the country’s economic
crisis, the Founding Fathers and their
debates at the Constitutional Convention, the
impact of the Federalist Papers, and the
subsequent ratification of the Constitution.
• You will be working in groups of five to
create a PowerPoint timeline of the events
covered in our New Nation unit.
• This assignment will ask you to review
information covered in class and show
your understanding of the significance of
events covered in this unit.
• Choose five events between the years 1776-
• You will then use PowerPoint to create a slide
for each event in chronological order.
• You will present your timeline slideshow to the
class so make it look nice.
• Each slide should include the
1. A title for your event
2. The date of your event
3. A one to two sentence description
4. A physical representation of your
event (picture, chart, graph, graphic
organizer, movie clip, sound bite)
5. A one to two sentence explaining the
significance of your event
Slide Content Continued
• Your Slide show should include the following
1. An Title slide to start your presentation
2. A slide design template
3. Transitions between slides
4. Custom animation on each slide
The next three slides are examples of good
1776-Declaration of Independence
In 1776 the United States
independence from Great
Britain. Thomas Jefferson
drafted the official declaration
known as the Declaration of
This event triggered the
foundation of the United States
government and acted as the
ideological background for our
highlighted egalitarianism and
inalienable rights in the
House of Representatives Senate
What: In 1787 at the Constitutional Convention the delegates came to a
compromise between the New Jersey and Virginia Plan. This compromise
became known as the great compromise. The system under the compromise
called for three branches of government, a house of representatives elected
directly by the people and seats based on population, and the senate, elected
by state legislatures and all states have two senators.
So What: The Great Compromise created the system we know today. Without
the compromise the delegates may not have ratified the Constitution of the
1789-Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was
added to the constitution
in 1789. It consists of 10
guarantee citizens rights.
Several states refused to
ratify the constitution
until these amendments
were added. This
you many rights the
original constitution does
Let’s Get Into Groups!
You will have all class period to work on this
assignment. This should be enough time to finish.
Next class each group will be given five minutes to
present there timeline.
Each member of the group will have to present one
Please use your class time efficiently. Any work not
completed in class is homework.
Okay count off from one to five and get cracking!!