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.
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.
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
Ratifying an amendment
o requires a national convention requested by two-thirds of the state legislatures.
o requires approval by three-fourths of the state legislatures
o requires acceptance by conventions in three-fourths of the states.