Amending the U. S. Constitution
There have been an abundance
of attempts to amend the Constitution. "Since 1789, over 10,000 amendments
to the Constitution
What is the role of the U. S. President in the amendment process?
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
What is the most recent amendment to the Constitution?
Create an explanation of how to amend the U. S. Constitution.
Real life example - Washington D.C. representation in Congress
Your family has just moved to Washington D.C. because your mother is working for a national lobbying group. Your family settles in the city so that you can have easy access to all the cultural and history resources it offers. You discover that residents of Washington D.C. do not have the same representation in Congress as all the other U.S. citizens do.
You learn of the proposed "The Washington DC Voting Rights Amendment".
On the other hand ... Nathaniel Ward argues
1. What do you think? Should the people of Washington D.C. have equal representation in Congress and local control of their government? Why?
2. Describe several ways that students like yourself can work positively to support the passage of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Extra: Contrast your state constitution's amendment process with the U.S. Constitution process.
"All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution." James Madison
posted 8/2006, updated 5/2015
Aligned with the following Pennsylvania
Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Civics and
Government, Civics, Science and Technology.
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