New Jersey Plan


  1. What do you think New Jersey Plan means?

  2. Use New Jersey Plan in a GoPo type of sentence: Please do not write, "I plan to go to New Jersey on my way to New York." That would make me mad. Especially if you posted it to the comments section below.

  3. This is going to be very hard, but try to describe an example of New Jersey Plan in current events:

  4. Find an image of New Jersey Plan:



A proposal at the Constitutional Convention made by William Aterson Paterson of New Jersey for a central government with a single-house legislature in which each state would be represented equally. *Remember, back in the day, NJ was a small state and feared the power of large states, like Virginia, if representation were based on population. (okay, I made Paterson's middle name up!)


The New Jersey Plan was an attempt by the small states to keep the large states like Virginia from overwhelming them in the new government.


There really is no example of the New Jersey Plan in current events...So enjoy...It's a Trap! If you can find one and post a link to it on the comments section below, I will be very impressed!



  1. What was the main reason the New Jersey Plan was proposed?

  2. What part of our current political system is a direct consequence of the New Jersey Plan?

  3. Have you ever been to New Jersey? Which exit?

  4. Imagine that the Virginia Plan never existed, there had not been any Connecticut Compromise, and the New Jersey Plan had been the way we elected all of our representatives. How would that have changed America?

  5. If you had to start the country over and choose between a New Jersey Plan style government by the states, or a Virginia Plan style government by the people, which would you choose and why?

  6. If New Jersey submitted a new 2016 New Jersey Plan, what would they want? *(Have fun with this one!)