Virginia Plan


  1. What do you think Virginia Plan means?

  2. Use Virginia Plan in a GoPo type of sentence: Please do not write, "Virginia made a plan." That would make me mad. Especially if you posted it to the comments section below.

  3. This is going to be very hard, but describe an example of some connection to theVirginia Plan in current events:

  4. Find an image of Virginia Plan:

Fast Fact


Virginia Plan: At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, there was a great debate over how representatives to the new government would be selected: the same number per state, or a certain number per state based upon the state’s population. The Virginia Plan (also known as the Large-State Plan by silly people) was a proposal at the Constitutional Convention by delegates from Virginia. Drafted by James Madison, and presented by Edmund Randolph to the Constitutional Convention on May 29, 1787, the Virginia Plan proposed a strong central government composed of three branches: legislative (bicameral), executive, and judicial.


The Virginia Plan was an attempt by the large states to guarantee that large states like Virginia had political power equal to their large population.


There really is no example of the Virginia 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!



Moving Image


  1. What was the main reason the Virginia Plan was proposed?

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

  3. Have you ever been to Virginia? Why didn’t you stop?

  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?

AP Studio Art

Now draw The Virginia Plan! Take 10 or 20 seconds. That’s all you need. Nothing fancy. Don’t expect a masterpiece. Draw with symbols or stick figures if you wish. Now Look at your drawing. You’ve got it. That’s all.