Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students will use BrainPOP resources to learn about the Articles of Confederation.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Explore a primary source related to the Articles of Confederation.
  2. Identify the most important facts regarding the Articles of Confederation and explain their importance in American history.


Preview the movie and plan any needed accommodations for your students. Make a class set of photocopies for the graphic organizer and any activity papers you choose to integrate, or share the link(s) with students and have them type directly into the forms.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Pass out the Graphic Organizer. Have students work in pairs to record any information they already know about the Articles of Confederation.
  2. Ask students to put their pencils down as you play the Articles of Confederation Movie for the class.
  3. After the movie, allow students to work with their partners to edit and add to their graphic organizer. You may want to play the movie through a second time (perhaps with closed captioning) to support students in recording their thoughts.
  4. Encourage students to use the information on their graphic organizers to create a multiple choice quiz question about the Articles of Confederation.
  5. Ask for volunteers to share their quiz question and try to stump the rest of the class!
  6. Display the Review Quiz and have students take it as a class, in teams, or in partners.
  7. Compare the questions in the BrainPOP version of the quiz with the versions students created. Which information is most important to know about the Articles of Confederation? Why?
  8. Extend student learning through the Worksheet and/or the Primary Source activity.