Process

   This is a webquest to help you learn about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As citizens of the United States, it is our responsibility to be educated and informed to keep our country strong.  Complete the Constitution Webquest Packet as you journey on your quest.

   You DO NOT have to complete this quest in order!!  Start wherever you want, as long as you finish the entire quest on the way!  Every RED word or term is a link to a website!!!

NOTE:  There are many games, songs, and video clips in this webquest - you will need access to head phones at all times!  Do not disturb your neighbors

 Before you begin, take a look at the original Constitution!


Constitutional Principles

The Constitution is based on Fundamental Principles or ideas.  It is important that you understand the meaning of each principle.

Popular Sovereignty is: 

Limited Government is:

Separation (Balance) of Powers is:

Checks and Balances is:

Republicanism is:

Federalism is:

 


 


 

The Preamble

Read about the PREAMBLE below:

Preamble

1.  What is the purpose of the Preamble?

 
Listen to the  Preamble Song    (Be sure you have ear phones on before you do this!!)

2.  You must memorize the preamble.  Use the song to help you!  Let the teacher know when you are ready to recite/sing the preamble below:

¨ We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, and ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.¨

 


The Articles


Learn about the Articles of the Constitution below

ARTICLE 1 establishes (sets up the ____________ Branch.


 Section 1:  The Federal LAWS are made by _______________________

1.  Check out this website to learn about the process of CONGRESS' MOST IMPORTANT JOB


2.  List   THE MAIN STEPS or draw a diagram of how a bill becomes a law!  Listen to this VIDEO too!

 







House of Representatives
1.  The term of service for a Representative is_______________________.


2.  A Representative must be at least _____________ years old.


3.  He or She must be a citizen of the United States for at least _________ years.


4.  Our Representative for Broome County 22nd District
is:_____________________________________

5.  Click on our Representative's name.  Next, click on ¨ABOUT¨ and then ¨Committees and Caucases¨ Name two that he is a member of: 
 
a._______________________________________________
b._______________________________________________

6.  There are ____________ REPRESENTATIVES in the United States (be sure to scroll down the page enough to see this!).


7.  The number of Representatives is decided by ____________________________________. 

 8 The current number of Representatives in New York State is _________.


8.  Try your hand at being a Representative before moving on! Use your headphones but don't register or log in!
 


SENATE:


1.  The term of service for a Senator  is____________________.


2.  A Senator must be at least _________ years old and a citizen of the U.S. for at least __________ years.


3.  The people that represent New York in the  SENATE are: BE SURE TO CLICK ON ¨Choose a State¨ and find New York!

 a.________________________________

b._________________________________


4.  Choose one Senator from New York State. Click on their name and browse their website.  Click on ¨Issues¨ or ¨About.¨ As you scroll the page, write down two areas/laws/ideas that the Senator is working on.
a._______________________________________________
b._______________________________________________
 

5.  There are TWO Senators from each state.  There are __________ total Senators in the United States.  Use YOUR COMMON SENSE to answer this question!!

 ___________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

ARTICLE II sets up (establishes) the ______  Branch.

1.  What are the requirements for a person to run for President (be sure to scroll down far enough to find this!)


2.  List FOUR jobs/roles/powers of the President:


3.  What are the next three POSITIONS in the ¨line of succession¨ if the President cannot serve out his/her term?


4.   The Electoral College elects the President.  Listen to this information about the Electoral College  


List four facts that help you understand how the Electoral College works:


5.  List the Departments in the President's Cabinet:


6.  Choose three Departments.  Describe each department's role in the Executive Branch.


Article III sets up the _________________ Branch.


1.  The JUDICIAL POWER of the United States is given to (vested in) one  ___________________Court and ________________ (lower) courts that Congress has established.
2. The __________________________ appoints Supreme Court Justices, but ___________________________ must approve all choices.
3.  A Supreme Court Justice 's term is  for _____________.
4.  There are _______Justices
5.  List the current (not retired) members of the Supreme Court
6.  Choose two current members.  Write down which President appointed them and what year that was.

Try your hand in a Supreme Court Case game! Remember - Don't log in or register to play the game.
 

Watch this presentation about the Three Branches  Now listen to this RAP VIDEO about ¨Who´s Got the Power!¨

List the three branches below:


Reread the definitions for SEPARATION OF POWERS and CHECKS AND BALANCES found at the beginning of this webquest


Play this "Separation of Powers" game to see if you understand the importance of the three branches of government!! - Do not register or log in!

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 Article IV  deals with ________________  _________________________.

 

Article V Describes how to ___________ the Constitution.

There are two ways the U.S. Constitution can be  AMENDED:

1.  To propose an amendment:

a.___________________________________________

b.___________________________________________

2.  To ratify an amendment:

a.___________________________________________

b.___________________________________________

 Today there are ___________________________ Amendments to the U.S. Constitution: (Be sure to scroll all the way down the page on the link!!)

 

Article VI States that all laws and treaties of the _____________ government, are SUPREME.

Article VII  States that _________ out of the thirteen original states had to _________________ or approve the Constitution for it to go into effect.

 

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

is the first ten Amendments

to the U.S. Constitution.

 

Amendment 1. Protects the people's right to practice _________________, to ______________ freely, to _______________, to __________________ the government and of the ____________ to publish. 

Amendment 2. Protects the right to own _________________.

Amendment 3. Guarantees that the _____________________cannot force homeowners to give them ______________ and ____________________________.


Amendment 4.  Protects the people from the government improperly taking _________________, papers, or people, without a valid _________________based on probable cause (_____________  _____________________).

Amendment 5.  Protects people from being held for committing a crime unless they are properly ______________, that they may not be tried ____________ for the same crime, and that you need not be forced to ________________ against yourself. It also contains due process guarantees.

Amendment 6.  Guarantees a ________________  ______________, an impartial ___________, and that the accused can confront witnesses against them, and that the accused must be allowed to have a __________________.

Amendment 7.  Guarantees a jury trial in federal civil court cases. This type of case is normally no longer heard in federal court.

Amendment 8.  Guarantees that punishments will be ___________, and not ____________, and that extra large _____________ will not be set.

Amendment 9.   Rights other than those listed may _____________, and just because they are not _____________doesn't mean they can be violated.

Amendment 10.  Any power not granted to the ______________ government belongs to the ______________________.


Try this "Do I have a Right?" game -But, DO NOT create an account!

Another Great Game about the Bill of Rights!


When you are all finished - try your hand at this CONSTITUTION QUIZ!