We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Pitfalls & Opportunities

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching the Constitution Teacher Pass

Teaching the Constitution Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Pitfalls & Opportunities

Often the Constitution itself gets lost while studying the government it created. We spend more time examining controversial policy decisions and the often tense relationship between the branches of government and not enough time looking at the Constitution itself. Therefore, we suggest that you take some time to lead your students through an examination of some of the critical portions of the Constitution. In one activity we walk your students through an examination of the preamble and its relationship to Article I, Section 8. In another, we provide some questions that will assist them in an exploration of the often-neglected Article IV.

But we don’t look just at the text in this guide. We try to make some sense out of the Electoral College by providing you with a portion of the Constitutional Convention debate surrounding the election of the president. By working through this debate your students should understand why the Electoral College—a curious and controversial innovation—made some sense at the time.