Lesson Plans

Everybody's Watching

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 the colonies or now the states were encouraged by the Continental Congress to write constitutions to replace the King’s royal charters.
Make Your Own Constitution Exercise Constitution Activities

Grades 3-5

  • Almost Painless Guide to US Constitution (Grades 3-5)

Grades 5-12

  • Composing the Constitution (Grades 5-12)
  • Drafting the US Constitution (Grades 5-12)
  • The Great Seal E Pluribus Unum (Grades 5-12)
  • Debates in the Constitutional Convention (Grades 5-12)
  • Understanding the Constitution (Grades 5-12)
  • Great Men of the Constitution (Grades 5-12)
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Achievements (Grades 5-12)

Video Clips Topics available from Discovery Education

Constitution Study Guide and Activities

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Lesson Plans keyed to specific scenes and songs of “Everybody’s Watching”

  • Scene 1
    • “Time Traveling”
      • Potential ideas:
        • Time Line and Time Line Exercise
        • Map of the Colonies and Map of the Colonies Exercise
  • Scene 2
    • “Everybody Watching”
      • Potential ideas:
        • Main Theme: Compromise, Articles of Confederation, Virginia Resolves
          • Picture of building and room in which the Constitution was created
          • Identify pictures of founding fathers: Benjamin Franklin – PA, Roger Sherman – CT, William Patterson – NJ, Edmund Randolph and James Madison – VA
          • Activity: Draw or making clothing of the era (e.g., Colonial Tricorn Hat, wig, etc.)
          • Literary activities
            • Research the viewpoints of a patriot and a loyalist or a northerner and a southerner and devise a debate between them.
            • Write a letter to your wife or make a diary entry about the events in Philadelphia.
    • “The Song Philadelphia”
      • Potential ideas (see also Constitution Study Guide and Activities):
        • Identify important places on a map of Philadelphia
        • Draw or make a paper mache model of Philadelphia using match boxes for buildings and small stones (cobble stones) for the streets
        • Draw or make a paper mache model of the Colonies and where Philadelphia is located
  • Scene 3
  • Scene 4     “Scratch My Back”
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