The Origins of the Constitution Project
How have historical traditions shaped democracy as we see it expressed in the US Constitution?
Project Overview at a Glance

Product: Students will create one of the following to show how the Ancient World, English Political Tradition, and Enlightenment Philosophers have affected the development of the US Constitution and Democracy in America

PPT- Students will create a PPT presentation on the origins and main concepts of their tradition and how it is reflected in the US Constitution.

Comic- Students will use Comic Life to create a Comic Book on the origins and main concepts of their tradition and how it is reflected in the US Constitution.

Skit/Movie/Movie Slideshow- Students will create a skit, film a movie or create a movie slideshow on the origins and main concepts of their tradition and how it is reflected in the US Constitution.

Academic Component:

Internet Research Guide, Project Research Log, Writing a Formal Conclusion Guide, Product Storyboard/Rough Draft, Using Rubrics in Peer and Self Assessment

Academic Skills:

Problem Solving, Collaboration and Delegation of Work, Targeting/Identifying Information to Search For, Doing Internet Research, Summarizing, Recording and Evaluating Data, Collecting Sources, Formulating an Answer, Formally Writing Conclusions, Designing and Making a Product, Assessing Product, Public Presentation of Work, Peer Review.

Form of Written Work:

PPT Text and Formal Conclusion

Comic Text and Formal Conclusion

Skit/ Movie/ Slideshow Script

And Formal Conclusion

Universal Technical Skills:

Google Docs Collaborative Documents, Word Processing of Text, E-mail as a Communication Tool, Internet as a Research Tool

Project Specific Technical Skills:

PPT including use of Animation, Images, Color and Sound

May involve use of a digital camera

Comic Life including made or captured images, symbols, color, and text.

May involve use of a digital camera

Windows Movie Maker or similar program with use of Sound, Video Transitions and Credits

May involve use of a digital camera

Assessments:

Project PPT and Presentation

Project Research Log

Formal Conclusion

Rough Draft

Peer Assessment

Self Assessment

Comic Book and Presentation

Project Research Log

Formal Conclusion

Rough Draft

Peer Assessment

Self Assessment

Skit/Movie and Presentation

Project Research Log

Formal Conclusion

Rough Draft

Peer Assessment

Self Assessment