Lesson 2: The "To Do List" of the Continental Congress

Students with an understanding of the fears of the Founders regarding a powerful executive will benefit the most from this lesson. When discussing the structure of the Executive sketched in the Articles of Confederation, it is useful to refer back to the complaints of the colonists as summarized by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. Help students understand why and how the Founders were cautious. Consult the following EDSITEment lessons for grades 6-8 for more information on:

Guiding Questions

How was the role of "President" defined in the Articles of Confederation?

What were the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation regarding the role of the President?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson in the unit, students will be able to: Describe the role of "President of the United States in Congress Assembled" under the Articles of Confederation

Explain how the President was elected.