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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science: Practice & Study Guide course
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- NMTA: Early Civilizations
- NMTA: Major Religions
- NMTA: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization
- NMTA: Development of Europe
- NMTA: The Renaissance
- NMTA: Reformation in Europe
- NMTA: Aztec & Inca Civilizations
- NMTA: The Age of Exploration
- NMTA: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment
- NMTA: Industrialization
- NMTA: Causes & Effects of Revolutions
- NMTA: Political Developments in Europe & Asia
- NMTA: Imperialism in the 19th & 20th Centuries
- NMTA: World War I
- NMTA: Between the World Wars
- NMTA: World War II
- NMTA: Western Civilization Since 1945
- NMTA: First Contacts in the Americas
- NMTA: Settling North America
- NMTA: Road to the American Revolution
- NMTA: The American Revolution
- NMTA: The Making of a New Nation
- NMTA: The Virginia Dynasty
- NMTA: Jacksonian Democracy
- NMTA: Life in Antebellum America
- NMTA: Manifest Destiny
- NMTA: American Civil War
- NMTA: Reconstruction
- NMTA: Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization
- NMTA: American Imperialism
- NMTA: The Progressive Era
- NMTA: The Roaring 20s in America
- NMTA: The Great Depression
- NMTA: Post-War World
- NMTA: The Cold War
- NMTA: Protests, Activism & Civil Disobedience
- NMTA: The 1970s in America
- NMTA: America in the 1980s
- NMTA: America from 1992 to the Present
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- NMTA: Tools Used by Geographers
- NMTA: The Origin & Dispersal of Humans & Culture
- NMTA: Effects of Population on the Environment
- NMTA: Spatial Processes
- NMTA: Geography of Land Resources
- NMTA: Impacts of Humans on the Environment
- NMTA: Settlement Patterns
- NMTA: Ethnicity & Geography
- NMTA: Culture, Socialization & Social Interaction
- NMTA: Social Groups & Organizations
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- NMTA: Political Ideologies & Philosophy
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- NMTA: Federalism in the United States
- NMTA: Civil Liberties
- NMTA: Civil Rights
- NMTA: Electoral Systems
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- NMTA: Congressional Powers & Representation
- NMTA: The Federal Judicial System
- NMTA: Foreign Policy
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- NMTA: Personal Finance
- NMTA: Types of Business Organization
- NMTA: Scarcity, Choice & the Production Possibilities Curve
- NMTA: Demand, Supply & Market Equilibrium
- NMTA: Aggregate Demand & Supply
- NMTA: Measuring the Economy
- NMTA: Inflation Measurement & Adjustment
- NMTA: Understanding Unemployment
- NMTA: Macroeconomic Equilibrium
- NMTA: Inflation & Unemployment
- NMTA: Money, Banking & Financial Markets
- NMTA: Central Bank & the Money Supply
- NMTA: Economic Policies