Unit 8: Articles of Confederation

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(Source: www.archives.gov)



Unit 8 teaches about the United States' first plan of government, The Articles of Confederation.
By studying SOL USI 7a, students will demonstrate knowledge of the challenges faced by the new nation by:
a) identifying the weaknesses of the government established by the Articles of Confederation


Read the study map that tells about The Articles of Confederation: Articles of Confederation
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  • The Articles of Confederation was a constitution written during the American Revolution to establish the powers of the new national government.

Read and learn the vocabulary for Unit 8.
Articles of Confederation: First American constitution, passed in 1777, which created a loose alliance of 13 independent states.

Commerce: Buying or selling goods

Currency: A system of money

National government: The government of the United States

Excellent Basic Information About the Articles of Confederation: Click on the link for this short Think Quest about the Articles of Confederation. The notes section has a good summary. Also, a student-made political cartoon gives you some ideas about the meaning of the Articles of Confederation. After you view it, think about making your own political cartoon about the New Nation and the writing of the Articles of Confederation. Articles

About the Articles of Confederation: Read about the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. (ushistory.pwnet.org)
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Make this and color star diagram in your notebook to remember the weaknesses.
(Source: http://www.nonags.org/members/dasaunders)


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Next, complete the chart with information about the Articles of Confederation. (Source: ushistory.pwnet.org)
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Confederation to Constitution Time Line: Click on the link for the events leading from the Confederation to the Constitution. Time Line of Events
Click here to read about the writing of the Articles in a link from the Library
of Congress. Articles are Written
Read about the Articles of Confederation on Ben's Guide to U. S. Government.
Ben's Guide