Lesson details


English Language Arts

Social Studies



Inquiry-Based Literacy

The New Nation


Explore, collaborate, analyze

Formulate questions

Meaning and Context-Articulate ideas logically from credible sources

Meaning and Context-Consider viewpoints of others

Meaning and Context-Present ideas through multimedia/modalities

Meaning and Context-Quote/paraphrase information without plagiarizing

Synthesize information

The New Nation and State

Transact with text

Recommended Technology: 
  • Computers/tablets with internet access
  • Groups will use a technology format that allows them to present their findings in a slide presentation. PowerPoint is a possible format but other resources are listed.
  • For other resources, visit Technology Resources Vetted by SCETV Education

A New Nation and State

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

The Constitutional Convention was a gathering of state delegates to rewrite the Articles of Confederation and create the Constitution. Nine of the Thirteen colonies were needed to ratify the Constitution in order for the Constitution to be in effect. The nation began to divide into two parties, those for the Constitution and those opposed. South Carolina was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution but it is stated by Historian George Roberts - “Charleston and the surrounding parishes were represented at Philadelphia, South Carolina was not.” This is because South Carolina had tensions between the Upcountry  and the Low country. The delegates chosen to represent South Carolina were mostly from the Lowcountry and perhaps did not have equal representation of the entire state.  

Essential Question: 

Do people make political decisions based on where they live, their place in society, and how much money they earn?

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Lesson created by:
Lori Powers
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