Ch 52: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Constitutional Democracy

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Let us help you study for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam with these lessons on the U.S. Constitution's history and structure. Our videos and quizzes should help you correctly answer exam questions on constitutional democracy.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Constitutional Democracy - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to review facts on how America's system of constitutional democracy developed and how it works. Watching our videos should prepare you for MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam questions on the following topics:

  • How democratic ideals spread during the American Revolution
  • The Articles of Confederation and their weaknesses
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
  • Parts of the Constitution
  • Provisions for limited government
  • How the Constitution is amended
  • The Bill of Rights

You can watch these lessons on a computer or mobile device anytime you have a few minutes and access to the Internet. A written transcript is included with each lesson, allowing you to read along with the instructor.

Objectives of the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Constitutional Democracy Chapter

Passing the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam is a requirement for certification to teach this subject in Michigan. The exam is divided into seven subareas, and questions on this chapter's material are in the subarea on political science, which accounts for 13% of the exam's total scoring, as well as in the U.S. history section, which makes up an additional 18% of the test.

All questions on the exam are multiple choice, like the questions on the quizzes that accompany our lessons. In addition to providing practice answering multiple-choice questions, our quizzes let your assess your knowledge and determine where you need extra study.

9 Lessons in Chapter 52: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Constitutional Democracy
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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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