Social Studies - 2017-18

GOVT.4e - The Amendment Process

The student will apply social science skills to understand the Constitution of the United States by 

e) analyzing and explaining the amendment process.

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Big Themes/Concepts: Continuity vs. Change

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The amendment process provides a way that the Constitution of the United States can remain responsive to the needs of a changing nation. 

To date, there have been 27 amendments to the Constitution. 

ESSENTIALS

Term to know 

 amendment: A formal revision to the Constitution, responding to the needs of a changing nation 

National amendment procedure (Article V) 

 Proposing an amendment o requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress or 

o requires a national convention requested by two-thirds of the state legislatures. 

Ratifying an amendment 
o requires approval by three-fourths of the state legislatures 
or 
o requires acceptance by conventions in three-fourths of the states.

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 22, 2017