Constitutional Convention

How many proposals to amend the U.S. Constitution have been introduced in Congress?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. Overall, what big story does the infographic tell?

  3. What was the most surprising fact from the infographic?

  4. Only 27 out of 11,000 Amendments have been ratified. Why is that?

  5. Describe the ratification process and explain why so few Amendments have actually been ratified.

  6. Describe the connection between the ratification process and federalism:

  7. What is one consequence of the difficulty of ratifying amendments to the U.S. Constitution?

  8. Make a claim about whether the amendment process should be more or less difficult.

  9. Imagine a system whereby amending the Constitution no longer required state input. How would that hypothetical change impact American politics?

  10. Explain the connection between the length (words) of the Constitution and its longevity (years):

  11. The original Constitution did not outlaw slavery and did not allow women to vote. How different do you think the Constitution would be if women and non-Whites had been able to draft it/vote on it?

  12. If you could alter one part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights what would you change?

  13. Think about something that you would like to fix about our country. Propose an Amendment to the US Constitution:

  14. How are you going to celebrate Constitution Day this September 17th? Share your plans in the comments section below or on Craig's List.

Visual Extension

Learning Extension

Visit the National Constitution Center Website and then try to pass this Bill of Rights Quiz. Share your scores in class or online.

Action Extension

Read about the constitutional amendment process, write a proposal for a new amendment to the constitution, and send it to your congressional representative.