Defending Your State

This is a project that ties into Language Arts and Social Studies standards that you have been working on.  In this class, we will be researching information regarding your specific State as a way to make a justified defense as to why your State deserves what it is asking for at the Constitutional Convention.  You will need to work as a team to find out what information best represents your case and how you can present it to the other 11 States present at the Constitutional Convention in order to get your voice heard.  Solid research will be crucial in order to complete this task.

The information you will need to research will be:

  1. What was the population of your State at the time of the Convention?  If applicable, how many slaves and how many non-slaves?
  2. What was your State’s view on slavery?  Did you allow slavery at any point in your state/colony’s history?  If slavery was allowed prior to the Convention, at what point was it abolished?
  3. What was the main source of income for your State?
  4. What did the economy consist of for your state?
  5. What geographic region of the United States of America is your State in?  Give the surrounding states and whether they are North, South, East, or West of you.
  6. Were there any important figures (people) that attended the Convention from your State?  If so, who were they and what were their roles?

  1. Do the same research for at least 4 other States attending the Convention.  Keep all of this data segregated from your data so that you can compare other States to your information
  2. Using the other States’ data, create at least 6 points as to why your State is better than another state.  However, create no more than 10 points.  After all, you don’t want to bombard your constituents with too much information.
  3. As a way to build in the Algebra Standard 5.0 (Solving equations and inequalities), create equations or inequalities that mathematically justify your State’s position in the Constitutional Convention.  Be prepared to explain how these equations and inequalities relate to the data that you have gathered.