October 6

posted Oct 6, 2011, 5:07 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Oct 7, 2011, 5:34 AM ]
Civics Standard
Civics 1.1 Understand key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

Day # 25Date:  October 6, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
How does the Constitution allow changes to keep up with needs as the nations grows and moves forward?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveUnderstand how the Constitution can be changed  through both formal and informal amendments.
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will discuss an unsuccessful amendment with a partner; students will read and write about the informal amendment process. HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
InstructionsBegin by taking a QUIZ on the assignment from two nights ago (or last night, if you missed it the first time). You MAY use your assignment or notes during the quiz, but may not use the textbook, each other, or other resources. Do your best.

After taking the quiz, return to your work from yesterday, looking at and learning about one of the many formal amendments that has been proposed but has not yet become part of the Constitution. We'll be talking about the unsuccessful amendments in about 5 or 10 minutes, so review the amendment again and get ready to explain it to the class.

After talking about the unsuccessful amendments, we'll look at another way that our government has changed over the years and one reason why we have needed so few formal amendments since the Constitution was adopted in 1789. 

READ Chapter 3, Section 3 (65-67) and be prepared to answer the following questions:    
  1. What is an "informal amendment"
  2. What are the 5 basic ways that the Constitution can be informally amended?
  3. How are the first 3 related to the principle of separation of powers?
  4. Why is the informal amendment process important to the day-to-day functioning of the government under the Constitution?
Complete for HOMEWORK if you don't finish in class. 

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative AssessmentHOMEWORK: Read chapter 3, section 3: Informal Amendment (65-67). Answer questions aboveHOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How important is the concept of compromise in the history, present, and future of our nation? 
Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT


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