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FC: The U.S. Constitution 101 | By: Alex Deason | Mr. Kauffman's 4th Period Social Studies 12-21-11

1: The U.S. Constitution 101 | By: Alex Deason | Mr. Kauffman's 4th Period Social Studies 12-21-11

2: Defining the Constitution | The way in which a thing is composed or made up; makeup; composition. | The physical character of the body as to strength, health, etc. | The aggregate of a person's physical and psychological characteristics. | The act or process of constituting; establishment. . | The state of being constituted; formation. | The fundamental political principles on which a state is governed, esp when considered as embodying the rights of the subjects of that state.

3: Understanding Our Constitution (Flow Map) | A Senator proposes a new law. | ---> | The idea becomes drafted as a bill. | The bill is introduced when the Senate Secretary read the bill number aloud during a legislative session. | ---> | The bill is sent to a committee which studies it and makes changes (called amendments). | If the committee approves the bill it is reported to the House and is read again. | ---> | The Senate President reads the bill and the bill is voted on. | In most cases, the bill becomes law when signed by the Governor. | ---> | The Governor may veto the bill or make any necessary changes to the bill.

4: National Government | v. | -Print Money (bills and coins) -Declare War. -Establish an army and navy. - Enter into treaties with foreign governments. - Regulate commerce between states and international trade. - Establish post offices and issue postage. - Make laws necessary to enforce the Constitution. - Makes laws for the entire country to follow.

5: s. | State Government | - State Government cannot contradict national laws. - Makes laws that are enforced in that certain state. - Does not have as much power as the Nation Government. | Similarities: - Both create laws. - Have branches of their governments. - Establish courts. - Collect taxes. | ------------------------------------------------------------------------

6: The Importance of Amendment 1 (Essay) | Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791 | The first Amendment in the U.S. Constitution in my opinion is probably the most important Amendment. Our country was founded by people rebelling against their own country for more freedom. It would look very hypocritical if our country which was built off of freedom, didn't allow anyone to have freedom of speech, or allow different types of religious beliefs. Freedom of Speech is one of the main components of the first amendment. People should be able to say and have their own beliefs on different topics. Thats part of our Democracy style government, people have different opinions on things. Citizens of the United States should not be forced to believe or agree on things that our government agrees with. As long as you're not threatening to harm someone, freedom of speech is and should be allowed.

7: Freedom of believing in a religion that you feel strong about is another important part of this amendment. If someone want to be a part of a different religion, they should be allowed too. Worshiping in a different religion should not be frowned upon in our country. It's good that people in the United States are allowed to be able to worship who ever or what ever they would like to. I'm glad that in the U.S. that freedom of speech and religion is allowed. In some places yo could easily get in trouble for saying things in a country that doesn't believe in freedom of speech. For instance, you would get in some serious trouble if you went to China and started yelling and talking about America in English. Another example would be to be a Christian when you were born in Iraq. Iraq is strictly Islam and you could possibly get in trouble for being a Christian if you lived there. In my opinion Amendment 1 of the United States is one of the most important amendments in the entire constitution.

8: 10 Bookmarks From Our Constitution | Amendment 1 Government cannot choose a religion for the country. Americans have the right to choose. | Amendment 8 No cruel or inhuman punishment is allowed. Ex. Someone can not be light on fire for committing a crime. | Amendment 13 Slavery is not allowed and is completely banned in the U.S. Ex. We can no longer own slaves in any state. | Amendment 2 Citizens are allowed to own guns as long as they have a weapon permit. Ex. My Dad took a class and he now owns a gun for house protection.

9: Amendment 4 Your house and its belongings are private, but can be searched if under an investigation. | Amendment 15 Voting is allowed to all citizens no matter what race they are. | Amendment 16 Congress may collect taxes on anything. Ex. Congress may bring taxes up on the tobacco industry. | Amendment 19 Women are allowed to vote and have rights.

10: 10 Bookmarks (Continued) | Amendment 22 No President may server more than 2 terms. Ex. If Obama is re elected, it will be his final term. | Amendment 26 You must be at least 18 years old to vote. Ex. Just because you have your driver's license , doesn't mean you can vote yet.

11: Our Constitution is Our Country | The U.S. Constitution could be seen as a 'living document' because we follow it as if it is our leader. The Constitution is the base of our country if you think about it. It forms our laws, rights, and parts of our government. Without the Constitution, we'd all be running around like a chicken without its head. For one example, we follow the constitution as it is a person or a leader. We obey what it says, we try not to break it's rules, and we learn from it. It is almost like it stores everything about our country in it's head. The Constitution is always changing. I guess yo could compare it to a living thing because humans and animals both change over time. While the Constitution can be changed whenever the time comes. The Constitution only changes when the Government needs it to change due to a problem or conflict in the country. Our Constitution could also be seen as a living document because it has so much power. When something about the Constitution changes, if it's major enough, it can change the country completely. Just imagine if the amendment that states women's rights to vote was taken away. Our country would lose a huge amount of voters and riots and protest might break out. The Constitution plays a huge role in our country and has tons of power and is basically the support of the United States.

12: Resources: | http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/constitution | http://www.thefreedictionary.com/constitution | http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/kids/howbill.asp | http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am3 | http://www.cobourgatheist.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236:a-list-of-countries-with-no-freedom-of-religion&catid=153:statistics&Itemid=72 | http://www.google.com/imgres?q=slaves&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=557&tbm=isch&tbnid=6pbFgk1zDedugM:&imgrefurl=http://www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php%3Fid%3D37669&docid=Qi6Q-B3KHHbSaM&imgurl=http://images.catholic.org/ins_news/2010080818slavery2.jpg&w=500&h=424&ei=UmXxToayMM7LtgfjrKnQBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=795&vpy=131&dur=940&hovh=207&hovw=244&tx=110&ty=107&sig=102800196877874079508&page=1&tbnh=115&tbnw=129&start=0&ndsp=25&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0

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