Page 5: Constitution Preview
Read this Parents' Constitution below and answer the following questions on Page 5 in your folder:
1. Whose rights are left out of the “Parent’s Constitution?”
2. In this metaphor, who does the “Parent” stand for and who does the “child” stand for in History?
3. PREDICT: What might the American people want added to the Constitution?
WE, THE PARENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM
MORE PERFECT FAMILIES, RAISE OBEDIENT CHILDREN, ENSURE
DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR OUR CHILDREN’S
DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE
BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN, DO
ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS PARENTS’ CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
I. Parents shall have the power to command complete respect from their children.
II. Parents shall have the power to assign chores to their children and to punish children when the chores are not done properly.
III. Parents shall have the power to promote family togetherness even if this power interferes with their children’s social lives.
IV. Parents shall have the power to ask their children questions and to expect honest answers.
V. Parents shall have the power to make all decisions about family spending, including the power to restrict children’s spending on unproductive or harmful items.
VI. Parents shall have the power to decide how much time their children’s friends can spend with their child.
Federalists Vs. Anti-Federalists
Read about the first two political factions in U.S. History and then work on the Venn Diagram below:
The Anti-Federalists did not want to ratify the Constitution. Basically, they argued that:
- It gave too much power to the national government at the expense of the state governments.
- There was no bill of rights for the people.
- The national government could maintain an army in peacetime.
- Congress, because of the 'necessary and proper clause,' wielded too much power.
- The executive branch held too much power.
- The separation of powers into three independent branches protected the rights of the people. Each branch represents a different aspect of the people, and because all three branches are equal, no one group can assume control over another.
- A listing of rights can be a dangerous thing. If the national government were to protect specific listed rights, what would stop it from violating rights other than the listed ones? Since we can't list all the rights, the Federalists argued that it's better to list none at all.
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Copy the Venn diagram (below) on Page 5. (on the back if necessary)
Decide whether each statement (below to the right) describes Federalists, Anti-Federalists, or both. Write the statement in the correct area of the Venn diagram.
Bill of Rights Competition
In order for the Constitution to be ratified by the states, James Madison promised to amend the Constitution by including a "Bill of Rights". Some members of Congress thought that officially listing citizens' rights was silly, but two centuries later, the Bill of Rights is one of the proudest American accomplishments.
DIRECTIONS: Each group will be given a list of selected Constitutional Amendments to refer to. (bill of rights summary FILE attached on the right below youtube video)
I will display a series of scenarios where someone’s constitutional rights are being violated.
For each scenario, you will have 3 minutes to figure out which constitutional amendment(s) are being violated.
The winning team will be given a prize.
Page 6: Constitution-Three Branches of Government
2. Choose at least TWO of the following games about the Constitution to play:
A. Executive Command
B. Law Craft
C. Supreme Decision
D. Branches of Power
3. Answer the following questions for each game you play:
A. What branch(s) of government does the game include?
B. Write a paragraph or more summary of what you learned about the duties of this particular branch of government.
Page 7: Checks and Balances
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As you go through the Prezi...
1) Write down the names of each branch of Federal Government.
2) Underneath the name of each branch, write a short description of the job of each branch.
3) Draw a diagram that shows the system of checks and balances. Be sure to include how each branch has power over the other two.
When you're done and waiting...
2) Answer the questions in the file below (Constitution Scavenger Hunt) on a piece of paper. Use Chapter 9 of your History Alive textbook or find the answers online. The group with the most correct answers will win a prize.