Constitution

January Civics and History Activity

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1. Many parts of the U.S. Constitution have been give names.

Select any one of them. Give an example (real or imaginary) of how it applies to your life.

 

 

2. The Great Compromise was critical to creating a representative government.

What are the elements of the Great Compromise?

 

 

Although it solved several equality problems, this compromise laid the ground work
for the greatest crisis in the history of the United States. Explain.

 

 

3. On January 29th, Americans should be wishing Thomas Paine a happy birthday.
Why should we remember him?

 

 

4. January 1, 1863 a proclamation, that had been signed by President Lincoln 3.5 months earlier, became law.
Name the proclamation. What did it do?

 

 

Use your Internet researching skills to answer these questions.

4. Which Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery?

 

When was it ratified?

 

5. Martin Luther King Jr. was a famous leader. What cause did he support?

 

How did he fight for his cause?

 

What national legislation was passed, thanks in part, to his efforts?

 

Which President signed it into law?

 

6. Which department of the Federal government protects a citizen's civil rights?

How does the department protect a citizen's rights?

 

7. Give an example of a current civil rights issue.

 

 

8. What is the message of this political cartoon?

Rate the message (1 low - 5 very) in effectiveness in motivating you to act.

 

 

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing,
the next best thing is the wrong thing,
and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” ~
President Teddy Roosevelt

Challenge:

In January, every two years, a new session of the United States Congress begins. There are many new members who won the election in November of the previous year. It is critical for them to follow the complex procedures so their bills will be considered.

Write step by step directions on how to introduce a bill to one of the two bodies of Congress.

 

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A Note for Freedom project | American Athenas, Founding Mothers & the Daughters of Liberty

We the People: Middle School Simulated Congressional Hearing - free online video from Center for Civics Education

Tackle a Constitution essay or question | History Mystery projects at Scholastic

Freedom In America: Some Assembly Required - electronic field trip | CSPAN Student Cam video contest

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