Ch 55: NES: Constitutional Democracy

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Let the Constitutional Democracy chapter of our NES Social Science test prep guide take you to the beginning of democracy and our nation's government. These quick, insightful lessons will give you valuable preparation for the NES Social Science test.

NES Social Science: Constitutional Democracy - Chapter Summary

In a world largely dominated by monarchies and empires, early America was seen as a great experiment. In this chapter, we will examine democracy as a form of government from its inception in ancient Greece to its applications in forming the young United States. While you get ready for the NES Social Science test, you will find the following material in these lessons:

  • Democracy: what it is and its origin in ancient Greece
  • Early American democratic thought
  • The Great Compromise
  • Articles of Confederation and United States Constitution
  • Ratification, structure and means of changing the U.S. Constitution
  • The American Bill of Rights

Our lessons enable you to reinforce and expand your knowledge of this period of American history as you prepare for the NES Social Science exam. You can review the material using the videos, transcripts and quizzes, and record your progress on your dashboard.

NES Social Science: Constitutional Democracy Chapter Objectives

As a prerequisite to certification as a social science teacher, the NES Social Science exam covers all aspects of the content area. Four domains comprise the exam. Constitutional Democracy is addressed in both the History and Government domains, which makes this chapter doubly important as a study aid. The History domain of the NES Social Science exam counts as 50% of the overall score, and Government makes up another 19%. Our lessons provide review for competencies in both domains. In all, there are 150 multiple-choice questions on this computer-based exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 55: NES: 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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