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Lesson Topic: Constitutional Convention
Key Constructivist Methodology:
Teacher: Matt Johnson
School: Benjamin Banneker Senior High School, Washington, D.C.
Grade Level: 12th Grade
Course: AP Comparative Government
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Lesson Plan: information on Matt Johnson’s method of teaching the lesson on the constitutional convention, the national standards this lesson addresses, additional resources, and his teaching materials, including:
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Student Perspectives: Matt Johnson’s 12th-grade students’ reflections on the following topics:
Honoring the Learning Process
In this chapter from In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms by Jacqueline Grennon Brooks and Martin G. Brooks (Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1999), the Grennons introduce one of the most basic ideas about constructivist teaching—how children learn. Jacqueline Books is Associate Professor in the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Martin G. Brooks is Superintendent of the Valley Stream Central High School District in Valley Stream, New York.
Student Exercise in Democracy
In this article, Cathy Travis, a long-term Congressional staff person for Congressman Solomon Ortiz (D-Tex.), presents a lesson on how to amend the U.S. Constitution and engages students in consideration of the pros and cons of potential new amendments. She focuses particularly on current topics and those of particular interest to students, e.g., the voting age, smoking, campaign finance. The lesson is written in a manner that can be shared directly with students.