- 2/3 (two-thirds) of Congress votes to propose an amendment.
- Lawmakers and citizens debate on the amendment and what it will do.
- 3/4 (three-fourths) of states must vote to approve the amendment.
Learning Goal I: Students will understand and be able to explain the amendment process to the US Constitution.
Learning Goal II: Students will understand the historical relevance of key amendments tot he US Constitution.
The Bill of Rights did a great job ensuring certain rights, but as you will investigate today, not all rights were guaranteed and not all people were protected. Today, you will be analyzing the impact of a number of key amendments that have been added to the Constitution throughout our history. Some are very old and some are much more recent.
Each amendment below has a description and some examples of “what happened.” You and your shoulder partner will be answering the following essential questions by posting your responses on Padet:
- What rights does the amendment guarantee?
- Who does it guarantee rights for?
- When was it ratified (passed)?
- What events led to the writing and ratification of the amendment?
- What is the long-term impact of the amendment?
- How do YOU think our country would look today if the amendment had not been written and passed?
We have been spending some time working with primary sources and now it's your job to find one that represents YOUR amendment. Utilizing the Library of Congress' extensive data base, you and your partner will search for one source which you believe represents your amendment. You will post a copy of your picture and a brief description explaining how your image represents the amendment you were assigned. To get to the Library of Congress' Website - Click Here!
Homework: Complete Chapter 5 & 6 in your My Reflections books. (Pages 61-93). This assignment is due next Tuesday/Wednesday depending on your class period.