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

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

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.

C15 Low

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.

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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


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

Confederation to Constitution
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

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 2, Section 2 - p. 34-37

Chapter 2, Section 3 - p. 43-48