The Great Compromise was between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan. The question: How many representatives should each state have in the Congress? This was tough because some states were bigger than others and the little states were scared they would always be out-voted.
In this corner, the Virginia Plan (Big kid on the playground) 2 House (bicameral) Congress Representation based on state population
In this corner, the New Jersey Plan (the little kid on the playground) 1 House Congress Representation equal for all states
The Great Compromise: 2 House Congress; House of Representatives elected based on state population. The Senate – 2 Senators elected from each state regardless of population.
The 3/5 Compromise The question: How to count slaves for representation of state population?
The North Slaves are property and should not be counted in state populations for representation.
The South Wanted to keep slaves as property but wanted them to count as people for representation in the Congress.
3/5 Compromise Both sides agreed to count slaves as 3/5 of a person which gave the South a little more representation while satisfying the North.
For the letter home: • Tell your family and friends where you are. • Tell them which Compromise, Great or 3/5, you are involved with. • Tell them which side of your compromise you are on. • Explain your side to them. • Explain the compromise and the reason for the compromise.