Constitutional Amendment Activity
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||5th Grade||Class||Social Studies||Length of Lesson||40-45 Minutes|
|Lesson Title||Constitutional Amendment Activity|
|Unit Title||Rights and Responsibilities: Founding Documents|
|Unit Compelling Question||Why aren't all rules good rules?|
The founding documents of the United States include the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of independence, and the Federalists papers. The 1789 Constitution is the nation's oldest surviving charter of government. The 1791 Bill of Rights is a list of ten essential rights and liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United States. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 and declared America's independence from the British empire.
~Allyson Simpson, Simpson College
2018.019.004 The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which was adopted on August 20, 1920, gave women the right to vote by prohibiting states and the Federal Government from denying citizens the right to vote based on their sex.
|Lesson Supporting Question||Why would the founding fathers make changing these documents so difficult?|
To begin the lesson, students will be discussing my classroom rules and whether they can change them or not in their small groups. I will bring them back together and discuss their ideas further. Next, I will show them a constitutional amendment about the women’s suffrage and also have them discuss (What is an amendment? Is this important to have in the constitution? Etc. - see below). Then I will show them a short video of how the process of an amendment being passed in congress is like. Finally, I will bring them back to my classroom rules, split them into two groups (like the house and senate) and have subgroups within the two groups come up with a new rule or a change to an existing rule and have them try to pass it through the same way an actual amendment would. Of course this part would be a bit watered down because I can’t make it too hard for them since they’re fifth graders. After this experience I’ll wrap by asking them if it was hard to pass a new amendment (rule) and why the founding fathers would want to make it hard to make an amendment to the constitution.
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|Lesson Themes||No themes are assigned for this lesson.|
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|Author||Nick Squires||Reviewer||Dr. Chad Timm, Simpson College||Created||08/15/2019||Last Edited||09/06/2019|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Social Studies Methods, Simpson College, Spring 2019|