Ch 91: NMTA Social Science: Constitutional Democracy

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We can show you all the important points about Constitutional Democracy as you prepare for the NMTA Social Science Exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you multiple approaches to help you correctly answer questions on this subject on the NMTA Social Science Exam.

NMTA Social Science: Constitutional Democracy - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help structure your review of Constitutional Democracy in preparation for the NMTA Social Science Exam. The videos cover all the material you need to know including:

  • What is democracy?
  • Athenian democracy
  • The spread of democratic ideals during the Revolutionary War
  • The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • The ratification of the Constitution and the new government
  • The US Constitution
  • Constitutional provisions for limited government
  • Amending the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights

Our experienced instructors go over all the important people, places and events that you need to know. By presenting the material in several different ways, you benefit from multiple exposures which can help you retain the material.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Constitutional Democracy Chapter

The NMTA Social Science Exam assesses your mastery of historiography and world history, US history, geography and culture, government and economics. A passing grade is necessary for obtaining a teacher's license in the state of New Mexico. The topics in the Constitutional Democracy chapter fall within the Government content domain, which accounts for 19% of the test questions. The self-assessment quizzes that come with each lesson give you a chance to see how much you know and what you have left to study. They also give you experience with the kinds of questions you'll see on the test.

The NMTA Social Science Exam is made up of 150 multiple-choice items. You will read passages and questions followed by several response alternatives. Your task will be to pick the correct answer from these options.

11 Lessons in Chapter 91: NMTA Social Science: Constitutional Democracy
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What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

1. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

2. Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

Although Athens is remembered for creating the first democracy, it took many years and multiple leaders to develop the system we think of today. Learn about who took control, what reforms they made and how the people revolted against the old system.

The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

3. 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

4. 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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Creation of the U.S. Constitution: Charles Beard's Interpretation

8. Creation of the U.S. Constitution: Charles Beard's Interpretation

In this lesson, we will examine Charles Beard's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. We will learn who Charles Beard was and what he thought about America's 'Founding Fathers' and the U.S. Constitution.

Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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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