ERIC Number: ED314288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Sep-17
Reference Count: N/A
The Constitution: Little Short of Miracle. A One Act Drama for Elementary Schools.
Blume, George T.
This 30 to 40 minute drama for elementary school students takes place in and around the Pennsylvania State House, Philadelphia, on September 17, 1787, the day the Constitutional Convention ended. The drama focuses on five major points: (1) the Colonial Confederation's situation at that time, which necessitated calling for such a convention; (2) the existence of the three constitutional plans that were presented; (3) the importance of the Connecticut Compromise to the overall continuation of the convention; (4) the refusal to sign the Constitution of three important delegates and their reasons; and (5) the actual signing of the document and adjournment. The number of characters and staging is left to the discretion of those in charge of the drama's production. While there are 16 speaking parts, this number could be expanded if desired. Most of the drama takes place in one room. How a director may want to arrange the room will depend upon the size of the stage. To assist those selected to act the part of a designated convention delegate, a short sketch of the 16 delegates with speaking parts is included. (JB)
Descriptors: Acting, Class Activities, Constitutional History, Curriculum Enrichment, Dramatic Play, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Enrichment Activities, Learning Activities, Scripts, United States History
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Room 13, Draper Annex, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (free while current supply lasts).
Publication Type: Creative Works; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution