February 28

posted Feb 27, 2012, 9:50 PM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 28, 2012, 5:49 AM ]
Today we return to an earlier assignment from February 17 (and reviewed for homework last night, right?) about the six basic principles of the Constitution

Here's what you will be doing: 
1) Get a copy of today's assignment, or download it as a template from Google Docs. It's called Basic Principles.
2) In a small group, you and your group members will focus on ONE of the six basic principles of the Constitution. 
3) Begin by define the parts of your term, use a dictionary or dictionary.com to look up each of the different key words (ignore and & of) to see what they mean individually. (For Federalism, look up "federal" and "ism")
4) After looking up the separate pieces of your term, focus on what the textbook says about it on pages 55-59. Review last night's reading and put the key ideas into your assignment in your own words.
5) After using the textbook, use the links below to find out more about your assigned basic principle. (Tip: You might want to divide your group in 2 and have one group use the first link, and the other group use the second. Then share what you've learned)
    1. Popular Sovereignty -- Saylor.org / About.com
    2. Limited Government -- Shmoop / WiseGeek
    3. Separation of Powers -- Regents Prep / Shmoop 
    4. Checks and Balances -- Regents Prep / Shmoop
    5. Judicial Review -- About.com / Indiana University
    6. Federalism -- Cliff's Notes Online / Regents Prep
6) Next, draw a picture of your term. What does it look like? (If you're working on a Google Doc, you might want to grab a piece of paper and draw it there)
7) Finally, take a look at the images on the screen. Find one that you can use as an analogy of your term. With your group, come up with at least three different ways that your term is like a ______ (train? gorilla? spider web? etc.). 

Youtube video explaining all 6 of them.


Chapter 3.2 - Formally Amending Constitution                      60-63                 


a. Amendment (60)

b. Formal Amendment  (60)

c. Bill of Rights (62)

Answer the questions below in your own words:

a. Why is the ability to change the Constitution such an important feature in its ability to last so long? (60)

b. What are the two ways a formal amendment can be proposed? (61)

c. What are the two ways a formal amendment can be ratified? (61)

d. How does the proposal/ratification process reflect federalism? (61)