Monday, May 25, 2015

Constitutional Quilt Squares

published on: 2/28/2003

Contributing Teacher(s): Monica Elseman

Subject Area: Social Studies/U.S. History

Grade Range: Middle Grades (6-8)

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • crayons or colored pencils

Objective: Students will: Create paper quilt squares centering on the theme of the constitution in the past, present, and future of the United States. Defend how their quilt square choices represent the constitution in the United States.

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.5 comprehend and evaluate written, visual and oral presentations and works
  • Goal 1.9 identify, analyze and compare the institutions, traditions and art forms of past and present societies
  • Goal 2.1 plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences

Content Standards:

  • Social Studies 6. Relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions
  • Social Studies 7. The use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)

    Time Allowance: NA

    Description: Students create paper quilt squares to illustrate the constitution''s meaning--writing, U.S. Constitution

    Classroom Component: Prompt: What symbols represent the constitution and why? We will be creating quilts with a constitution theme to decorate the halls of Conway Jr. High. You are to create 3 quilt squares that center on the theme of constitution in the United States. One quilt will focus on the past, one on the present, and one on the future. You may choose any event, person or symbol that you wish to portray on the square, as long as they feel that it represents the constitution in the appropriate time period in American History. Your quilt square must have a 1 inch margin on all sides, be illustrated and colored. After completing the 3 squares, you are to write a paragraph for each quilt square that tells how your quilt square choice represents independence in the United States. The English teacher will be grading your explanation papers as well. There will be 2 class periods given for you to work on this. A rough draft is required before you complete the final copy. You are required to present your quilt squares and explanations to the class on_______________________.

    Constitution Quilt Performance Task Scoring Guide

    Points Criteria Squares Criteria Explanation
    2 3 squares -- past, present and future Colored 1" margins all around Neat Logical detailed explanation Constitutional Article or Amendment referenced Historically accurate for past and present Future explanation must build upon the past
    1 Missing 1/3 quilt squares or no color or less than 1" margins General explanation Amendment or Article not referenced Future does not build on past
    0 No effort Missing 2/3 quilt squares Explanation historically inaccurate

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    For additional information contact :
    Monica Elseman
    Conway High
    Laclede Co. R-I
    (417) 589-2941

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