The Amendment Process Screencast
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The Amendment Process Screencast

hi everyone right now we’re gonna do the
screencast called the amendment process so make sure you hop out the correct
sketchnotes okay so we learned on our last activity list about amendments one
through ten this is known as our Bill of Rights
our anti-federalists did not want to ratify or approve the new constitution
because they felt it didn’t give enough rights to the state and enough rights
for the individual so in order for that Constitution to be ratified to go into
effect the Bill of Rights had to be passed in which included an amendment 1
through 10 which protects our individual rights
so remember an amendment is a minor change and documented in addition so
this was in addition to the Constitution now remember the Constitution is meant
to be a living document so that it can survive over time if this government
can’t survive over time like it has done so far and so the US Constitution is and
is not the same document as written in 1787 some parts have been eliminated
some parts have been added for example amendments have been added and
amendments have been removed so let’s find out a little bit about how
amendments can be added to the Constitution so we know the Bill of
Rights is 1 through 10 but now we have amendments 11 through 27 so a total of
17 more have been added since the original 10 so article 5 of the
Constitution talks about how amendments can be added and they specifically
included article 5 right to make sure that the Constitution served as a living
document so you want to pause the video and go ahead and read the actual text
written by our founding fathers you can but otherwise I’m just gonna break it
down for you so step one of having an amendment write this additional part
added to our constant hosel just like you guys created your
fourth of July proposals it’s just an idea but it doesn’t go into effect until
it’s ratified so step one put out your proposal
step two have it ratified to go into effect now I really need you to pay
attention in this image so it doesn’t get confusing so follow along with my
cursive so step one we’re looking at the top left box if an amendment is to be
created it first needs to be proposed and it is proposed by Congress right
Congress is our House of Representatives and our Senate so if both of those
houses have 2/3 of the vote it can then either go to the state legislatures
right so each government each little stay has their own legislature their own
government so 3/4 of the states meaning 38 states in the United States of
America go yes we think that’s a good amendment
it becomes ratified and it is added to our Constitution or they have another
step it’s ratified by conventions held in 38 of the states so you don’t know
what a convention is it’s basically a rally of the different parties so
usually the most common way is Congress approves it by 2/3 of a vote it goes to
the states 38 of the states approve but it can also be proposed at one of these
national conventions right these rallies and if 34 of the state legislatures say
yes they could bring it back to the state legislatures for a total of 38 or
to do it again in a convention so notice that there are less numbers needed to be
proposed than it is to be ratified so it goes from 2/3 if people have to agree to
3/4 I left you a couple questions I’m gonna give you I’m gonna have to do it
and then we will go over okay we are gonna go on and go over the
answers if you’re not done press pause okay step one how many amendments have
been added to the bill since the creation of the Bill of Rights so we
have 27 total Bill of Rights of 10 so we have 17 new amendments added that’s just
the ones that are added there have been many proposed amendments that have it
make made it like among the rejected amendments have been proposals about
representation in Congress slavery child labor the most recent failed amendments
that’s been highly publicized is the Equal Rights Amendment which would have
made equality for men and women a part of the Constitution so only 27 of total
have made it 17 since the Bill of Rights so what are two ways new amendments
begin so if you look back to this chart you could have just referenced right
here this left side where it is proposed right because you have to propose it
before it’s ratified or approved so you could have said something like 2/3 of a
vote from both houses of Congress or if 2/3 of the state legislatures call for a
convention why do you think more votes are needed to ratify an amendment than
to propose one I didn’t put an answer for this because I feel like you can go
many ways I would assistant them like because it’s like a new addition to our
Constitution people so you really want to make sure that everybody is on board
and like this idea before it is added so what you’re gonna do now is you’re gonna
go into google classroom and you’ll see this document posted let me find it ah
right here this is step two you’re basically going to look at a website
that shows you amendments 11 through 27 so you’re gonna like a read a brief
outline of them then you are going to complete the chart below so you’re gonna
choose any of those amendments give me a description like what is the amendment
why you found this significant how does it suit wisely are these two really
important in securing Americans right then i’m going to go to google get me a
picture and post it there and then maybe create an idea for a new amendment these
are some of the ideas of students that have come up with in the past
changing the national voting age setting term limits for Supreme Court justices
all these have things legalizing school prayer universal health care abolishing
the death penalty maybe getting rid of the electoral college think of some
things that we might want to resolve in our nation by amending the Constitution
all right let me know if you need help

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