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. Understand the purpose and meaning of the Articles of Confederation.
  2. Identify how the U.S. government under the Articles of Confederation approached different issues.


Lesson Procedure:

  1. Instruct students to open the Graphic Organizer assignment. Working in pairs, have them identify what they already know about the Articles of Confederation.
  2. Display the BrainPOP movie Articles of Confederation on the white board. Invite a volunteer to read the description below the movie player aloud.
  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?

Extension Activities:

Extend student learning through the Worksheet and/or the Primary Source activity.