EverybodysWatching

Lesson Plans

Essential Questions – What is a Constitution? Why is it important? In preparation for this musical it is important to activate prior knowledge and/or introduce the learner to a basic understanding of a constitution. Besides the definition the following stories help “set the scene” for America’s Constitution and personalize its creation. A constitution is a fundamental law determining the political principles of a government. It is a set of rules for government like directions or instructions on how to make something or how to play a game! After America’s Revolution...

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Assessments

Pre and Post Assessments for K-4 KWL Chart PRE & POST E.W. Play with Written Questions KWL Chart PRE & POST E.W. Play with Written Questions with True False Questions KWL Chart K-4 PRE & POST E.W. Play with Pictures on Compromise KWL Chart PRE & POST E.W. Play with Pictures as Questions Pre and Post Assessments for 5-12 PRE – E.W. Play Grades 5-12 Assessment Multiple Choice POST – E.W. Play Grades 5-12 Assessment Multiple Choice PRE – E.W. Play Assessment Grades 5-12 Ten True False Questions POST – E.W. Play Assessment...

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Resources & Bios

Suggested reading or reading/listening using the books or books on CD Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis, New York: Random House, 2000. The History of US by Joy Hakim: Book 3. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Chapter #29 “The States Write Constitutions” (Grades 5-12) Chapter #39 “Just What is a Constitution?” (Grades 5-12) Chapter #40 “Good Words and Bad” (Grades 5-12) Chapter #42 “If You Can Keep It” (Grades 5-12) [divider] Web Site...

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Teaching Materials

This musical dramatizes the compromises necessary to launch our nation, along with the light-hearted fun of the witty Benjamin Franklin and the burning passion of James Madison. When the crucial votes are cast, the audience votes, too! Core Themes Democracy Freedom Civility Cooperation Compromise [divider top=”1″] Playbill/Plot Summary Everybody’s Watching dramatizes the creation of the United States and the Constitution and the compromises necessary to form a more perfect union. James Madison’s tenacity leads the way, but it is Benjamin Franklin who...

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