Weaknesses created by the Articles of Confederation
Jannette Cotrino McLaughlin and Jennie Anderson
What TEKS are addressed? Star those being focused on.
HIST 3: Student understands the events that led from the Articles of Confederation to the
creation of the U.S. Constitution and the government it established.
SKILLS 25: Student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired
from a variety of sources (primary sources)
What concepts are being taught?
Confederate vs. federal systems of government
What are the statements of general understanding you want students to internalize
The Articles of Confederation created a confederate system of government, where the states held
the majority of power (versus the national government). The limited powers of the federal
government led to a number of problems in the new republic. As a result of extensive debate
regarding the weaknesses in the new republic's governement, the Congress decided to scrap the
Articles of Confederation and create a federal government instead, as outlined in the U.S.
What big idea questions (essential questions) do you want students to be able to answer at
the end of this instruction?
What were weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation? What problems did they lead to in the
What skills are being strengthened? How?
Analyzing primary source documents. Discussing one's ideas with supporting evidence.
What specific vocabulary is included?
Confederation, Federation (federal system), Articles
What information do you want students to have (and subsequently use) to support their
answers to the Essential Questions?
Elements of the Articles of Confederation, illustrations of the problems that arose (public opinion
regarding Shay's Rebellion, Madison's Vices…., notes from Congress)