Real People to the Rescue: How to Amend the Constitution

50 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Civics and Government, History
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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Lesson 5 explores a game-changing action in real time: How to amend the U.S. Constitution to defend against current injuries and usurpations of human rights and to restore rule to the (human) people. Students review the constitutional amendment process, then consider ways to address an internal threat to democracy by amendment. Using films and interactive activities, students evaluate proposed amendments and consider social consequences with, and without, such an amendment. Students reflect on how the amendment process influences social progress, then discuss whether the Supreme Court should be made more democratic and ways this could be achieved.

Key objectives for students
Describe two ways to amend the Constitution.
Explain how citizens may engage government in this process.
Describe social consequences of living with–and without–a constitutional amendment to address the internal threat from artificial persons with inalienable rights.
Explain how the Supreme Court came to be key in shaping social progress.
Offer reasoned opinions on why the Supreme Court should or shouldn’t be made more democratic.
Secondary subjects
Economics, Environmental Education, Social Studies
Topics
Constitutional Democracy Framework, Natural and Artificial Persons, Natural Rights and Charter Rights, Internal Threats to Democracy, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Judicial Review, Economic Theories of Corporate Personhood, Oligarchy, Amending the Constitution and Social Consequences, Social Progress
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness
Methods
Real-World Application
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