New Nation TimeLine Assignment An American History Assignment 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. Assignment • 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. Directions • Choose five events between the years 1776- 1789. • 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. Slide Content • Each slide should include the following: 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 components 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 timeline slides. 1776-Declaration of Independence In 1776 the United States officially declared independence from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson drafted the official declaration known as the Declaration of Independence This event triggered the foundation of the United States government and acted as the ideological background for our government. Jefferson highlighted egalitarianism and inalienable rights in the declaration. 1787-Great Compromise 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 United States 1789-Bill of Rights The Bill of Rights was added to the constitution in 1789. It consists of 10 amendments that guarantee citizens rights. Several states refused to ratify the constitution until these amendments were added. This document guarantees you many rights the original constitution does not. 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 slide. Please use your class time efficiently. Any work not completed in class is homework. Okay count off from one to five and get cracking!!
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