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    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Our fore-fathers realized that the Constitution would need to be changed as the people deemed necessary. They recognized how the Constitution adapted or changed to address the needs of specific groups of people, the rights of individuals and the power of the government.  They also recognized the social ideas of the people and how these ideas influenced the Constitution. In this course your will learn about the personal freedoms the Constituion grants its people and about the laws people must follow based on the Constitution.

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    Enduring Understandings:

    Since 1789 the United States has recognized the Constitution as the highest law of the land. The power and limitations of the government and the powers and rights of the people are spelled out in the Constitution. It determines the powers of the three branches of the government legislative, executive and the judical.

    Essential Questions:

    1. How do the amendments address the rights of the people?
    2. How can we determine the rights of the people vs. the power of the government through the amendments?
    3. How have the amendments addressed the needs of specific groups of people?
    4. How has the role of the president and the legislative branch changed through the amendments?
    5. Why have taxes been a constant issue in America?

    Learning Objectives:

    The students will recognize that our fore-fathers realized that the Consitution would need to be changed as the people deemed necessary. They will recognize how the Constitution adapted to address the needs of specific groups of people, the rights of individuals and the power of the government.  They will recognize the social ideas of the people and their influence on the Constitution. They will recognize the personal freedoms the Constituion grants its people.

    Guiding Questions:

    1. What freedoms are granted in the first three amendments and where do you believe they based their ideas ?
    2. How does the Constitution limit the governments power in the 4th-8th amenedments?
    3. What powers are given back to the states and people in the 9th and 10th amendments? Why is this important?
    4. Why are the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments important?
    5. How does the 19th amendment establish equality in America?
    6. Why are taxes a constant issue in America?
    7. How does the amendments continually address the needs/rights of the people when voting?
    8. How does the amendments grant people the right to personal freedoms?
    9. How does the amendments limit the power of the President?
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    The President and the Senate

    In this module you will view a presentation which  explains amendments 12, 17, 22, 23, and 25 to the U.S. Constitution. ...

    12. 

    The election of the President and Vice-President shall be conducted by the Electoral College.

    The peoples vote will go to the Electoral College and not directly to the President.

    The number of votes in the Electoral College for a state will be equal to the amount of Senators and Representatives in the House in Congress for that satte.

    Therefore, the person with the greatest amounts of votes in the Electoral College will be President.  

    17. 

    The citizens of the each state will direclty vote for the Senators of their state.

    22. 

     No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice (two 4 year terms).

    23. 

    The citizens of Washington DC shall vote directly for the President. Washington DC shall be given the number of votes equal to the number of Seantors per state and Representatives less than the least populated state. Therefore, it recieves 3 electoral votes. 

    25. 

     In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death, impeachment  or resignation, the Vice President shall become President. The Vice-President will appoint a new Vice-President.

    Notes for Lesson: Students will view/listen to a brief power point on the amendments. After they will open the list of Presidents and their terms of service. They will use the list to complete a short quiz.

    1. Watch the Video which discusses Amendments 17, 22, 23, and 25.

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    2. Watch the animoto video on all the Presidents. After watching the video you may work on #3 the Presidential search.

     

    3. Presidential Search

    Directions: Take out your Social Studies notebook or a sheet of looseleaf. Below is a list of questions you will need to complete. Click on the link below. It will take you to a site that lists all the Presidents years in office. 

    http://www.filibustercartoons.com/prezidents.htm

    A. Which President served more than 2 terms in office? Why was it possible for him to serve more than 2 terms?

    B. List the presidents that died/assainated (killed)  in office? Who became president when they died?

    C. Create a list of all the different political parties that the Presidents have been members of?

    D. What President had the shortest period in office?

    E. What President resigned from office and when did he resign?

    F. Which former Presidents are still alive?

    G. Which president was not a member of any political party? Go back and re-read carefully!


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    Kids & Voting

    In this module you will view a presentation which  explains amendment 26  to the U.S. Constitution. ...

    26. 

    The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, are given the right to vote.

    The students will view/listen to a brief power point presentation expalining the 26th amendment.

    Then the students will view a teacher made video. The 3-5 minute video will be titled "10 things you need to know about voting". The video will feature numerous teachers from school explaining the importance of voting, requirements of voting, how to vote, your vote counts etc...

    Finally, the children will take an on line quiz on voting.

    ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS

    1. Watch the Video which discusses Amendment 26.

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