Information for Fairfield/Northwest TAH
Teachers: Summer Institute Assignments.
Click each link below to go directly to
the named assignment.
Constitutional Convention Simulation: B. Meckley, B. Eaton & L.
Countryman, What Did the Constitution Mean to Early
Americans?: G. Vascik
Federalist Papers: G. Vascik
Constitutional Convention Simulation
Biographical and background information for the roles below is available
Download the Constitutional
Convention Information and Character Worksheet (PDF). Note: this
file is 1.5 MB and may take a few moments to download.
Jason Adkins—Charles (not Cotesworth) Pickney,
the one who served as Chair of the Convention and was proslavery.
Douglas Ficker—Gouverneur Morris
Kim Young—Luther Martin
Kristen Stegman—Benjamin Franklin
Brett Van Gaasbeek—McClurg
Carol Hallman—Roger Sherman
Collin Climer—Thomas Mifflin
Kristin Hartman—Dr. Johnson
Valerie Isaac—Edmund Randolph
Tracey Lang—William Blount
Shirley Herzog—James McHenry
Alice Northup—Jonathon Dayton
Linda Woodward—Jared Ingersoll
Countryman, What Did the Constitution
Mean to Early Americans?
We will be discussing the Countryman book on Tuesday of the Summer
The core of the book consists of 5 essays, each with a
set of 5 "Questions for Closer Reading". Everyone
will read the Preface, the Introduction, and two essays.
The two essays
that you are required to read depend upon your group. Those in Group
One, for instance, will read essays 1 and 2. After you have read
your essays, prepare and bring to the Institute brief, written-out
answers to the "Questions for Closer Reading" pertaining
to your essays. Your prepared answers will form the backbone of our
small-group discussions and I will collect them after we are done.
In the afternoon, we will continue our discussion of the Constitution
by discussing the "Making Connections" questions on pages
165-166. For this discussion, I will reconfigure our groups so that
each table will have people that have read different essays in the
morning. To facilitate this discussion, please be prepared
to discuss three of the thirteen "Making Connections" questions. You
choose the questions you want to address.
Morning Group One: read essays 1 and 2
Morning Group Two: read essays 1 and 3
Brett Van Gaasbeek
Morning Group Three: read essays 1 and 4
Morning Group Four: read essays 1 and 5
Morning Group Five: read essays 1 and 2
Morning Group Six: read essays 1 and 5
Twentieth century scholars (although not the drafters) see Federalist
No. 10 and No. 51 as the most important essays, so everyone will
need to read these before the Summer Institute. Depending on your
group, you will be responsible for reading at least 2 other essays.
We will meet first in small groups, with each group discussing
their essays - what they are about, what concern about the new
they were written to address or explain, what evidence the authors
use to advance their argument and how the essays differ from each
other. After our small group discussion, each group will make a
concise presentation to the whole of their group findings.
Hamilton No. 1, Madison No. 14 (the size of republics)
Brett Van Gaasbeek
Hamilton No. 2, Madison No. 84 (the need for a Bill of Rights)
Hamilton Nos. 3 and 4, Madison Nos. 55, 56 (the ratio for the house
of representatives; the 3/5 calculus)
Hamilton No. 7, Madison No. 23 (taxation)
Hamilton No. 8, Madison No. 8 (standing armies)
Hamilton No. 16, Madison No. 62 (the senate)
Click the links to go to the files that George Vascik has provided
about project options (2006).