Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Constitution Day and Constitutional Change

Constitution Day and Constitutional Change

National Constitution Center President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen discussed the significance of Constitution Day, constitutional issues in the news, and the importance of civics education.

Description

National Constitution Center President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen discussed the significance of Constitution Day, constitutional issues in the news, and the importance of civics education.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Jeffrey Rosen, what challenges did the Founding Fathers face while writing the Constitution?
  • What "signs" did James Madison see?
  • Based on the clip, on what two things did the Founding Fathers base the government on?
  • Why did nothing "get done" under the Articles of Confederation, according to Rosen?
  • What "radical" action did the Constitutional Convention take, and why was the action illegal? According to Rosen, why did the Founding Fathers still take the action?
  • EXTENSION: Similar to the "Virtual Constitutional Convention" discussed by Jeffrey Rosen, propose a Constitutional Amendment. Prepare to defend your proposal.

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Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Amendment
    • Articles Of Confederation
    • Colony
    • Conservative
    • Constitution
    • Constitutional Convention
    • Debt
    • Deliberation
    • Founding Fathers
    • Impeach
    • Independence Hall
    • James Madison
    • Liberal
    • Libertarian
    • Ratify
    • Supreme Court
    • Unanimous
    • Veto

    Topics

    Constitutional FoundationU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity