The Constitutional Convention: Amendments and Ratification

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History is the chronicle of choices made by actors/agents/protagonists in specific contexts. This simulation places students at the Constitutional Convention and asks them to engage in two overarching questions: how would the proposed plan be placed into effect, and how might it be changed in the future? These issues place the proceedings of the Convention in context: without the assent of the people, the new plan would come to naught, and unless people believed they had workable ways to amend it, they would never grant their assent. Specifically, students will address the nuts-and-bolts of amendment and ratification procedures. What body or bodies should propose amendments? What body or bodies should approve amendments? What body or bodies should be empowered to ratify or reject the proposed Constitution? What should be the threshold for ratification? What should be the threshold for adopting amendments? 

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Advanced Placement (AP)
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