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Ch 29: WEST Middle Level Humanities: The U.S. Constitution

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This chapter explores the articles of the U.S. Constitution. Use its online video lessons as a tutorial while you get ready to take the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. The short follow-up quizzes will test your understanding and retention.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: The U.S. Constitution - Chapter Summary

Review the purpose and content of the U.S. Constitution, including its amendments, the preamble and the Bill of Rights. Re-discover the processes involved in the making of state constitutions, and learn more about the establishment of a central government in America. Study this chapter's video lessons in order to:

  • Explain the framework of state constitutions
  • Describe what was established under the Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
  • Discuss the purpose of the Constitutional Convention
  • Learn about the process of ratifying the Constitution
  • Identify the components of the U.S. Constitution
  • Explore the guarantees of the Bill of Rights
  • Discuss the differing views of the Federalists and the Republicans

Watch this chapter's animated videos or read the corresponding transcripts on the U.S. Constitution so you'll be that much more prepared for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. The lessons are delivered by seasoned professionals who can answer your submitted questions. Maximize the educational experience by using the video tags to navigate the self-paced lessons and taking the short quizzes after each lesson.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: The U.S. Constitution Objectives

You will find two subtests on the WEST Middle Level Humanities: subtest 1 and subtest 2. There are 55 multiple-choice questions on each subtest of the computer-administered examination. After reviewing this chapter's lessons, you should be prepared to answer questions about the U.S. Constitution during the U.S. and World History domain of Subtest 2; this domain area makes up 33% of the questions on test 2.

Demonstrate your expertise here and you'll potentially qualify for a middle level humanities teaching endorsement. You can take one or both subtests in a single sitting. The time limit for a single subtest is one hour and 15 minutes. There is a two hour and 30 minute time limit for candidates who take both subtests in one session.

7 Lessons in Chapter 29: WEST Middle Level Humanities: The U.S. Constitution
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Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

1. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution

After the revolution, the states had to figure out what the rule of the people would be like. The early state constitutions and how they were drafted would inform the process and the resulting document that would become the U.S. 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.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

6. 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.

Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

7. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans

Although President Washington warned against the nation falling into political factions, the different views of the Constitution held by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists and Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans set the path for the two-party system that the U.S. has today.

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