A) Election. Volunteer with a candidate or party on election day. One point for every three hours you work (maximum 3). Contacts are on the blog.
B) Power-point. Design a ten-slide P-Point biography presentation on one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. I want you to take the path less traveled, so avoid Washington, Hamilton, and Franklin. You do not need to cite sources or do “official” research. I am looking for a five-minute read that tells us about the background of a member of the “Demi-God” generation. We will post these on the blog for other students to peruse.
C) Art analysis: Find three paintings or other artistic portrayals of the signing ceremony. Complete a short (one page) analysis of their value as primary sources and/or propaganda (information designed to persuade).
D) BREAKFAST: The beautiful math of the Northwest Ordinance. 6:00 AM Thursday, November 5 at Mr. J’s. Be there or be square.
E) Make an activity for Federalist 51 that follows the annotation/question format of my Federalist #10 activity. Trade your activity with a peer and complete each other’s analysis sheets. One point for the document, one point for the completion.
F) Analyze one issue from the 2008 election from the viewpoint of the framers of the Constitution. How would they perceive this issue on the FOT or FOM continuum?
G) Political Cartoons – Find three political cartoons from either the federalist or anti-federalist viewpoint. Write a one-page analysis of the symbolism and message of the cartoons.
H) Political Cartoons – Create a poster-sized cartoon designed to convince illiterate subsistence farmers to support ratification of the Constitution. Since your audience cannot read, you must communicate without using words. Include at least five ways that the Constitution will strengthen the nation.
I) Books (2 points each):
The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 (The Chicago History of American Civilization) by Edmund S. Morgan
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States by Charles A. Beard
The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes
John Adams by David McCullough (3 points)
My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams by Abigail Adams, John Adams, Margaret A. Hogan, and C. James Taylor
After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture by Joseph J. Ellis
Alexander Hamilton, American by Richard Brookhiser
The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787: Which Framed the Constitution of the United States of America by James Madison
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic by Lance Banning
Why Parties?: The Origin and Transformation of Political Parties in America (American Politics and Political Economy Series) by John H. Aldrich
The Idea of a Party System: The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840 (Jefferson Memorial Lecture) by Richard Hofstadter.