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The Constitution
Guide: Amending the Constitution

These resources help to explain why it is so difficult to amend the U.S. Constitution. Use these resources to help students learn how the U.S. Constitution can be amended and the complications that can arise during that process. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Theme Key Understandings

  • Societies need government to promote harmony, reduce conflict, and increase economic productivity
  • Governments come in many forms, including rule by one, rule by a few, and rule by many
  • Philosophical thought often influences a society's form of government
  • New political systems are shaped by emulating and opposing older systems of government
  • Founding documents are a result of compromise and the direct experiences of those drafting them
  • Democratic governments derive their power from the consent of the governed
  • Protection of individual rights and liberties is central to American democracy
  • Democratic governments strike a balance between majority rule and minority rights

Key Questions

  • What is the primary method that has been used over time to amend the Constitution?
  • Describe what you see as the primary roadblock to getting a new amendment added.

Resources

  1. Overview: Amending the Constitution
  2. Visuals: Amending the Constitution (Visual)
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Transcript: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Amending the U.S. Constitution
  7. Lesson: 2-18th-Century Amendments
  8. Lesson: 3-19th-Century Amendments
  9. Lesson: 4-20th-Century Amendments
  10. Lesson: Closing
  11. Glossary Terms: two-thirds majority
  12. Glossary Terms: ratification
  13. Photos & Illustrations: Fifteenth Amendment: commemorative montage
  14. Photos & Illustrations: Gardner, Frederick: signs resolution ratifying Nineteenth amendment (1919)
  15. Reference Articles: Fourteenth Amendment
  16. Reference Articles: Nineteenth Amendment
  17. Reference Articles: Twenty-first Amendment
  18. Reference Articles: Fifteenth Amendment
  19. Reference Articles: Thirteenth Amendment
  20. Reference Articles: Bill of Rights
  21. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Bill of Rights (1791)
  22. Political, Government & Court Documents: U.S. Constitution: Eleventh through Twenty-seventh Amendments (1795–1992)
  23. Political, Government & Court Documents: Bill of Rights (1791)
  24. Political, Government & Court Documents: U.S. Constitution (1787)

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