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                                      Ch. 3: The Constitution
                                                       "Amending the Constitution"

In this chapter you learned about the structure and principles of the Constitution as well as the methods of proposing and ratifying
amendments to this document. Because the Constitution is flexible and can change as the needs of the country change, it is a "living
document." This activity will give you a closer look at the process of amending our nation's Constitution.

Destination Title: The Constitution Project

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Start at The Constitution Project's Web site about Constitutional amendments.

        Scroll down the page to read about the amendment process.
        Return to the top of the page and click on Constitutional Amendments Considered in the 104th and 105th Congresses.
        Explore the information, taking notes as you go.

After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.
1. In what two ways can amendments be proposed? In what two ways can amendments be ratified?

2. Twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution is not a very large number. Why have there been so few amendments made to the

3. List some of the amendments proposed to Congress that have been unsuccessful. Choose one and explain why you think it should or should
not have been ratified.

4. Cite three events or controversies that led to amendments to the Constitution, and explain how each of these amendments settled a
particular question.

5. As you have learned, there are 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. On a separate sheet of paper,
    a.   choose one of the following, or create your own,
    b.   research the topic
    c.   argue why or why it should not be an amendment. (3-5 paragraphs)(DUE WED.)

Gay Marriages                 Ban Income Tax
Ban on Abortion               Balanced Budget
Ban on Smoking                Prayer in School

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