Historical Analysis of Constitutional Amendments

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Each of the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were adopted within specific economic, political, social or cultural, and international contexts. As part of their Constitution Day/Week studies, seniors investigate these factors for six key Amendments and present their findings to the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Jigsaw groups and have these experts present their findings to other social studies classes or language arts classes during Constitution Week.
Classroom Considerations
  • September 17 through September 23 each year is designated as Constitution Week 
  • Although designed for twelfth grade honors or Advanced Placement classes, the lessons can be easily adapted for all junior and senior social studies classes
Pros
  • The 30-page packet includes background information about Constitution Day and about Senator Robert C. Byrd, a teacher's guide, fact sheets for the six Amendments under review, and directions for the timeline activity
Cons
  • None
Common Core