Ch 52: Constitutional Democracy - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Study aspects of constitutional democracy in anticipation of taking the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. Revisit the topic when you watch this chapter's online videos and take its self-assessment quizzes.

Constitutional Democracy: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

The chapter includes information on the purpose of the Constitutional Convention and the origins of the patriot movement. It also takes a look at some of the reasons for the Revolutionary War. Learn more about the process of amending the United States Constitution, get a better understanding of what steps are necessary to ratify an amendment and review the rights guaranteed by each of the amendments. By memorizing these and other facts, you'll be better prepared for relevant ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination questions. View these online video lessons for a chance to:

  • Outline the origins of our democratic government
  • Understand the significance of the Articles of Confederation
  • Explore the reasons for and the outcome of Shay's rebellion
  • Discuss the Great Compromise that resulted from the Constitutional Convention
  • Explain the division over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution
  • Learn more about the preamble and articles of the Constitution
  • Discuss what it means to be a limited government
  • Discover how the amendments to the Constitution are proposed
  • Review the Bill of Rights

These illuminating video lessons are designed to help you prepare for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination's questions on constitutional democracy. Study the short videos 24/7 by utilizing a mobile device. Check out the text transcripts, many of which contain important terms that you could further research. You can submit questions when you go to the Dashboard area. Multiple-choice quizzes can ensure that you understand what you've studied.

Constitutional Democracy: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Chapter Objectives

The ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the Articles of Confederation and the American Revolution are some of the topics that you'll encounter when taking the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. Specifically, you'll answer questions on this chapter's material during the History domain, which is worth 50% of the entire examination. You'll need to complete the assessment, which has 150 multiple-choice questions, within a three-hour time limit.

9 Lessons in Chapter 52: Constitutional Democracy - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

1. The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

Democratic ideals spread before, during and after the American Revolution. This generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson explores the Revolutionary roots of the Constitution.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

2. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

3. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

4. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

5. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

6. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

7. Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

The United States Constitution lays out a limited federal government. Our federal government is based on federalism, with a separation of powers. This lesson explores constitutional provisions for a limited government.

The Process of Amending the Constitution

8. The Process of Amending the Constitution

Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

9. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

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