Amending the Constitution: Why Change?

This Amending the Constitution: Why Change? handout & reference also includes:

As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change and adapt with the times.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Insert this lesson into a middle or high school unit on the US Constitution
  • Break the lesson up across multiple days, performing the Constitutional Convention simulation as a culminating activity
  • Allow students to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment, Federalist 43 exerpt, and political cartoons with a partner or small group before having a whole class discussion
Pros

  • Lesson plan and all supplemental worksheets are available as Word documents that can be modified by teachers
  • A PowerPoint presentation is provided that complements the lesson
  • Offers additional activities that extend learning about the amendment process
Cons

  • None