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The Foundations of American Government Portfolio Directions
The U.S. Constitution is the result of centuries of ideas, several key historic events, and the efforts of numerous people who sought to create a better government. For this assignment, you will think about some of the different people and conditions that led to the Constitution. Then you will organize your reflections about: who and what was most important into a multimedia presentation.
Highlight one person, idea, and event that influenced the U.S. Constitution. You may choose from the list below:
creation of Magna Carta
the establishment of the House of Burgesses in Virginia
the signing of the Mayflower Compact
the passage of the Intolerable Acts
Declaration of Independence
the formation of the Second Continental Congress
the passage of the Articles of Confederation
You should use at least three sources to complete the assignment. These sources might include the following:
Movies in previous lessons in this unit
The United States Government: Democracy in Action
You will need to include a Works Cited list of your resources. Refer to the Research Papers and Essays: Formatting and Citing Sources document.
If you type "U.S. Constitution" into the search engine feature of Grolier Online®, it will generate a list of encyclopedia articles as well as multimedia resources and websites that you can use for the assignment.
Organizing Your Information
Organize the information you collect for each category into a multimedia presentation. Refer to the Foundations of American Government Portfolio Project template. The template provides only a basic structure for the presentation. You will still need to add information from your research, pictures, designs, and colors.
For your person, include the following:
a. A picture of the person with a caption and citation
b. A bulleted list including the person's name, personal background (education, profession, and experience in government), and actions
c. One paragraph explaining why this person is the most important people involved in the creation of the Constitution (This should be a persuasive
paragraph that includes an explanation of why and how this person made a significant contribution to the creation of the Constitution.)
For the idea, include the following:
a. A picture that represents or symbolizes the idea
b. A definition or explanation of the idea
c. Identification of when and where the idea developed
d. One written paragraph explaining why this idea is one of the most
important ideas behind the creation of the Constitution (This should be a persuasive paragraph that includes an example of how this idea is incorporated into the Constitution and why you think it is the most important idea to shape the U.S. Constitution.)
For the historic event, include the following:
A picture of the event with a caption (Be sure to cite the source of the
The name of the event and when and where it happened (A bulleted list is
A description of what caused the event, written in complete sentences.
An explanation of how the event impacted the Constitution, written in
MLA Style: Citing Sources and Formatting
Not only does a good research paper include thorough research and thoughtful analysis, it follows specific rules for citing sources and formatting. This brief guide will illustrate how to correctly reference your sources and set up your paper.
The Foundations of American Government Portfolio Rubric
Review the following rubric to make sure that you have completed all components of the portfolio assessment and have followed the guidelines.
Include relevant, captioned pictures of the person, idea, and event.
Include accurate information about the person, idea, and event.
Include paragraphs about how the person, idea, and event influenced the U.S. Constitution.
Use graphics and colors effectively to support content.
Convey information with correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
Include a Works Cited slide that correctly cites three different resources in MLA format
Total Points: ________/75
american government .pdf ---- This is the template you need to use
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(PICTURES NEED MLA SITING)