Teach PA History
Abolish the Office of Governor
What to Know
Teaching Time
One 50-minute session
Grade Level
High School
  • Civics and Government
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • History
Historical Period
  • New Nation - 1761-1800
As the democratic ideology inspired by the American Revolution was taking hold in the colonies, Pennsylvania governance was undergoing a revolution of its own, resulting in the Constitution of 1776. In this lesson, students do a close reading of a historical document, consider how democratic the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 was in scope, and write a persuasive essay from the point of view of a historic figure.


1. Evaluate a Pennsylvania document of government. 2. Identify individuals involved in shaping the Constitution of 1776 and their views. 3. Analyze those who did and did not benefit from the Constitution of 1776. 4. Communicate in writing a position in support of or in opposition to the Constitution.

Standards Alignment

  • Civics and Government

    5.1.12. D. Analyze the principles and ideals that shape the government of Pennsylvania and apply them to the government.
    5.1.12. H. Analyze the competing positions held by the framers of the basic documents of government of Pennsylvania and United States.

  • History

    8.1.12. B. Synthesize and evaluate historical sources.

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

    1.1.11. A. Locate various texts, media and traditional resources for assigned and independent projects before reading.

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