SL.1—prepare and participate effectively in a range of conversations.
SL.2—integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
SL.4—present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Ice Breaker/Anticipatory Set: Ask students to identify amendments to the Constitution of which they are aware. Place the list on a white board or flip chart. (15 minutes to 30 minutes)
For homework, have students read the 27 Amendments to the United States Constitution and read Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Students should take notes on Article V to prepare for class tomorrow.
(Day 2) Divide your class into pairs. Have each pair design a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Students must submit a copy of this amendment to the instructor at the start of the next class, dealing with this lesson. For each new proposed amendment, students must do the following in class and for homework:
Explain the need for the amendment.
Clarify the reasoning behind the wording of the Amendment.
Evaluate the likelihood of its passing and becoming a part of the U.S. Constitution. (Remember: there are four ways to ratify an amendment.)
(Day3/4) Have the pairs of students present their amendments to the class and engage the class in discussion about their proposals. The Instructor should record each proposed amendment and have the class vote on each.
This lesson may conclude in three classroom periods or it may take a fourth to delve into constitutional issues and wrap up.
Grading can be based on the student research, class presentations, and class discussions.
Note: See attached pdf for Lesson Information, including amendment texts, the list of amendments, and other relevant documents.