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May 05, 2014

Reforming Government

Grade Level:




In this lesson, students will learn about how the Constitution can be and has been amended. Students are assembled into a mock Constitutional Convention and asked to propose amendments of their own. They will discuss and evaluate the proposed amendments and so see first-hand the role of deliberation in law-making. The value of law-making by referendum can then be introduced and discussed as an alternative system.


Time needed:

45-60 minutes


Materials required:

Reforming Government Lesson Plan

Reforming Government PowerPoint


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices