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SS.7.C.1.5 - The Articles of Confederation


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What You Need to Know:

Student Reading Review for SS.7.C.1.5

Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will identify the weaknesses of the government under the Articles of Confederation (i.e., Congress had no power to tax, to regulate trade, or to enforce its laws; the national government lacked a national court system [judicial branch] and central leadership [executive branch]; and changes to the Articles required unanimous consent of the 13 states). Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

The diagram below shows steps leading to a historical event.


Which event completes the diagram?

A. Declaration of Independence

B. Articles of Confederation

C. Annapolis Convention

D. Whiskey Rebellion


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

How did the U.S. Constitution solve a problem created by the Articles of Confederation?

A. It avoided the issue of states' rights.

B. It allowed the states to elect representatives.

C. It prevented the amendment of federal laws.

D. It enabled the federal government to collect taxes.


Example Three (High Complexity)

The passage below is from a historical document.


How does the U.S. Constitution address concerns that resulted from the government described in this passage?

A. The new government could enforce treaties between the states.

B. The new government could settle disputes between the states.

C. The new government could regulate trade between the states.

D. The new government could levy taxes between the states.


C.1.5 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Articles of Confederation: 1781-1788 (total length 1:26) from The American Revolution: From Colonies to Constitution: Shaping the New Nation
  • Composing the Constitution (total length 3:35, stop at 1:48) from American History: Foundations of American Government
  • Constitutional Convention (total length 3:37) from Constitution Day: Background Celebration
  • The Constitutional Convention: May-September, 1787 (total length 1:01) from the American Revolution: From Colonies to Constitution: Shaping the New Nation
  • Shays' Rebellion (total length 2:10) from A History of the U.S. Constitution: 1774-1803
  • Shays' Rebellion, Encyclopedia Article

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Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 2, Section 2 - p. 34-37

Chapter 2, Section 3 - p. 43-48