Social Studies - 2019-20

CE.2d - Amending the Constitution

The student will apply social science skills to understand the foundations of American constitutional government by

d) describing the procedures for amending the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States.

2008: 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The constitutions of Virginia and the United States can be amended through processes outlined in the constitutions.

The Virginia and United States constitutions have been amended and revised several times.


ESSENTIALS

Constitution of the United States

 The amendment process is complex.

 To date, there are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

 Amendment process:

o Proposal: action by Congress or convention of the states

o Ratification: by the states


Constitution of Virginia

 Amendment process:

o Proposal: action by General Assembly or constitutional convention

o Ratification: by voters of Virginia


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 16, 2018