Speaker Resources

Guided Questions

For Presenters

Please record your answer to one of the following questions in your 5-10 minute presentation:

HISTORY | RELEVANCE

  • What were the goals of the framers of the U.S. Constitution in creating this document?

    • Were they successful? Why or why not?

  • Why did people decide it was necessary to include a Bill of Rights?

  • In what ways does the Constitution represent the times in which it was written?

    • What are its inconsistencies with present-day values such as equal justice and inclusion?ur 5-10 minute presentation:

KEY PROVISIONS

What provision(s) of the Constitution (see suggestions below) gives context or meaning to your understanding of our national identity, our past and present-day social challenges, and/or the future of our democratic republic? Why?

  • All Men Are Created Equal

  • Checks and Balances

  • Decennial Census

  • Electoral College

  • Fugitive Slave Laws

  • Government by the People

  • Indigenous Nations

  • Necessary and Proper Clause

  • Separation of Powers

  • Three-Fifths Compromise?

AMENDMENTS

  • Which constitutional amendment do you think is the most important and why?

    • What condition or concern does it address?

      • How are we a stronger, fairer nation because of this amendment?

  • How would you amend the Constitution to promote the general welfare, expand equity or otherwise create a more perfect Union?

  • In what ways does the Constitution represent the times in which it was written?

    • Would you add a new amendment? Amend an existing one? (For example, you could address climate change, lower the voting age, expand youth rights, eliminate the electoral college, etc.)

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