History 8-1, Assignment Seven, Ratifying the Constitution and Introducing the Bill of Rights

Asignment Nine

Ratifying the Constitution and an Introduction to the Bill of Rights

Deadline, tobe announced, 80 points

Image of the words we the people from the Constitution


What did was required to get the states to ratify the Constitution?
How do those efforts connect with the Bill of Rights?




Shortly after the Constitutional Convention concluded its work in September of 1787, the Constitution was sent to the states to ratify it. Only after it was ratified by 9/13 of the states would it become legally binding as the supreme law of the United States of America. However, those who supported the Constitution knew that 9/13 was not enough to bring the other states into a new government. They knew they needed all 13 states to ratify. Getting 100% agreement about anything is almost impossible in politics, but that's what the Federalists - those who supported ratifying the Constitution - set out to do. In this assignment we will look at how they approached the challenge, and how the Bill of Rights became connected to meeting that challenge.


Students will identify and explain important elements of the Constitutional ratification debate and calls for the Bill of Rights.



See the printed assignment. The link to it is located in the upper right portion of this page.

Essential questions

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Printed files

Click here to view a copy of the printed assignment.

Media files


Online files

Click here to access Chapter 12 of the textbook.

Here is the link to the PowerPoint about ratifying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights we used in class.

Here is the link to the notes pages we used for the presentation.

Here is a handy link about the acts of Parliament right after the French and Indian War. This may help you work on question #6.

Here is another one.

Sound files