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The Great Compromise Cartoon is a lesson that allows for some student creativity. It is a cartoon completed the old school way with paper and pencil. There may be some other options to create free animations on-line.
Objective: To learn about the GREAT COMPROMISE and understand the Virginia and New Jersey plans for the creation of the Constitution.
Part #1: Character Creation
Fold the paper in half the hamburger way. There is ONE PLAN per side.
Character Creation (Top half): Character creation and important facts of each plan. Each students will create a cartoon character that represents each plan. Students can use an atlas to incorporate the state’s shape into the character. (If a student elects to create another cartoon, a teacher may allow exceptions to encourage creativity.)
Important Facts (Bottom half): Students will use the textbook or research in the internet the main points of each plan.
Assessment: A teacher can create value based on the characters and quality of facts included.
Part #2: the Great Compromise Cartoon
Students will create an 8 frame cartoon that will include the following.
Use the following order for you cartoon:
Use your book to draw a detailed picture of Independence Hall (150). At the top in bold write the phrase “TO DE CIDE FOREVER!” (remember this is the goal of the Constitutional Convention.
Virginia Plan: Include a big image of you character OR a picture that illustrates some of the important points of the plan. Caption of the main points.
New Jersey Plan: Include a big image of you character OR a picture that illustrates some of the important points of the plan. Caption of the main point
THE FIGHT: Be creative. Show a fight between the 2 main characters.
The GREAT Compromise: Draw a frame that shows the compromise that lead to the creation of our bicameral Congress.
North Slavery: Draw a visual that illustrates the North’s position on slavery.
South Slavery: Draw a visual that illustrates the South’s position on slavery.
3/5th compromise: Include a visual of the 3/5ths compromise.
Each frame should have a caption!
It is a great activity to allow for the students to learn the material while at the same time being creative.