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Ch 55: NMTA: Constitutional Democracy

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Review your knowledge of constitutional democracy. Use these engaging video lessons to prepare for the NES Middle Grades Social Science test. This NES test has replaced the equivalent NMTA test to fulfill the teacher endorsement requirement in New Mexico.

NMTA: Constitutional Democracy - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, instructors guide you through the historical events surrounding ratification of the U.S. Constitution as well as discuss the provisions of the constitution in our American democracy. Topics covered in these lessons include:

  • Spread of democratic ideals before and during the Revolutionary War
  • The provisions and weaknesses of the Articles of the Confederation
  • Examining the process, issues and compromises involved in creating the U.S. Constitution
  • Roots of American political parties
  • The structure of the U.S. Constitution
  • Identification of provisions for a limited government
  • Describing the amendment process of the U.S. Constitution
  • Content and legacy of the Bill of Rights

Each lesson is less than 10 minutes long and can be watched as often as you'd like. Use lesson quizzes and transcripts as additional study tools. A chapter exam offers a convenient method to assess your understanding of the constitutional democracy materials presented in these lessons.

NMTA: Constitutional Democracy Chapter Objectives

The state of New Mexico requires teachers seeking an endorsement to teach middle grades social sciences to take the NES Middle Grades Social Science test. The computer-based test has 150 questions and takes up to 3 hours to complete. All questions are multiple choice.

The test includes 4 content domains, including ones in history and government. Questions concerning constitutional democracy may appear in either of these domains. Our lessons can help you prepare to correctly answer these types of questions on the test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 55: NMTA: Constitutional Democracy
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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