Archive for September, 2013

6 – 10

 Below are Amendments 6-10 of the Constitution. AMENDMENT 6

If you are arrested and charged with a crime:

  • You have a right to have your trial soon and in public, so everyone knows what is happening;
  • The case has to be decided by a jury of ordinary people from you are, if you wish;
  • You have the right to know what you are accused of doing wrong and to see and hear and cross-examine the people who are witnesses against you;
  • You have the right to a lawyer to help you. If you cannot afford to pay the lawyer, the government will.

AMENDMENT 7

You also have the right to a jury when it is a civil case (a law case between two people rather than between you and the government).

AMENDMENT 8

The government can’t make you pay more than is reasonable in bail or in fines, and the government can’t inflict cruel or unusual punishments (like torture) even if you are convicted of a crime.

AMENDMENT 9

Just because these rights listed in the Constitution doesn’t mean that you don’t have other rights too.

AMENDMENT 10

Anything that the Constitution doesn’t say that Congress can do, is left up to the states and  to the people.

Read the Above Rights.

Case I have been accused of a crime the police yelled at me when they were questioning me. Did they violate my rights? If so which amendment in the Bill of Rights covers this.

Case.  I have been accused of and arrested for stealing a car. I have been kept in the Jail for 3 years with no trial. One day the prison let me go. Why what amendment set me free and why?


Ms. K’s class, Ms. Portabella’s class,

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How would Life in U.S. be Different ?

Below is a simplified version of what the Bill of Rights means 1 through 5US-Constitution.

Out of the first five amendments pick one and tell me in no less than 6 sentences how you life would be different. Write in complete Sentences.
The First Five:


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Simplified United States Bill of Rights*

FIRST AMENDMENT
This amendment guarantees the right of freedom from establishment of religion, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, freedom for people to get together peacefully, and freedom for people to send petitions to their government.

SECOND AMENDMENT
This amendment states that in order to have a prepared military, people are guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms.

THIRD AMENDMENT
This amendment states that the government cannot force people to house and feed soldiers in their homes during times of peace.

FOURTH AMENDMENT
This amendment states that people, their homes or their belongings are protected from unreasonable searches or seizures. Warrants may not be issued except upon probable cause, and must specifically describe the place to be searched and the person or thing to be seized.

FIFTH AMENDMENT
This amendment guarantees a person accused of a serious crime the right to be charged by a grand jury. Persons cannot be forced to give evidence against themselves. If a person is found not guilty of a crime, he/she cannot be put on trial for the same crime again. The federal government cannot unfairly take people’s’ lives, freedom or property. The government must pay a person for any property it takes for public use.

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Choose one Amendment read it. Tell me what rights this gives the citizens of US and how life would be different, (perhaps what could go wrong if this was not a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

Remember Use an introductory Sentence Like.  develop your idea and use evidence from the readings, class, movies to make your point.


Mr. Mac, Ms. Dimeo and Ms. Dickerson

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Use this link to take an online test on the First Five Amendments in the Bill of Rights.


The Bill of Rights in Plain Language and Raps

BILL OF RIGHTS IN SIMPLE LANGUAGE

Bill of Rights in Simple LanguageThe Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

Here are the amendments in simple language:

AMENDMENT 1

Congress can’t make any law that:

  • Favors one religion over another religion, or no religion at all, or opposes any religion;
  • Stops you from practicing your religion as you see fit;
  • Keeps you from saying whatever you want, even if you are criticizing the President of the United States;
  • Prevents newspapers, magazines, books, movies, radio,  television or the internet from  presenting any news, ideas, and opinions that they choose;
  • Stops you from meeting peacefully for a demonstration or protest to ask the government to change something.

AMENDMENT 2

Congress can’t stop people from having and carrying weapons.

AMENDMENT 3

You don’t have to let soldiers live in your house, except if there is a war, and even then Congress needs to pass a law and set the rules.

AMENDMENT 4

Nobody can search your body, or your house, or your papers and things, unless they can prove to a judge that they have a good reason for the search.

AMENDMENT 5

Except during times of war or if you are in the military:

  • You can’t be tried for any serious crime without a Grand Jury meeting first to decide whether there’s enough evidence against you for a trial;
  • If at the end of a trial, the jury decides you are innocent, the government can’t try you again for the same crime with another jury;
  • You  cannot be forced to admit you are guilty of a crime and if you choose not to, you don’t have to say anything at your trial at all;
  • You can’t be killed, or put in jail, or fined, unless you were convicted of a crime by a jury and all of the proper legal steps during your arrest and trial were followed; and
  • The government can’t take your house or your farm or anything that is yours, unless the government pays for it at a fair price.

AMENDMENT 6

If you are arrested and charged with a crime:

  • You have a right to have your trial soon and in public, so everyone knows what is happening;
  • The case has to be decided by a jury of ordinary people from you are, if you wish;
  • You have the right to know what you are accused of doing wrong and to see and hear and cross-examine the people who are witnesses against you;
  • You have the right to a lawyer to help you. If you cannot afford to pay the lawyer, the government will.

AMENDMENT 7

You also have the right to a jury when it is a civil case (a law case between two people rather than between you and the government).

AMENDMENT 8

The government can’t make you pay more than is reasonable in bail or in fines, and the government can’t inflict cruel or unusual punishments (like torture) even if you are convicted of a crime.

AMENDMENT 9

Just because these rights are listed in the Constitution doesn’t mean that you don’t have other rights too.

AMENDMENT 10

Anything that the Constitution doesn’t say that Congress can do, is left up to the states and  to the people.

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Bill of rights Rap

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Mr. Ippolitto’s and Mr. K’s Class

We are studying about Elephants. Elephants are mammals. Mammals are warmblooded. Explain what it means to be warm blooded.


It is Constitution Day, so for the Rest of the Week it is Constitution Week!

US-ConstitutionThe Basics
The Scales of JusticeThe law is the set of rules that we live by. The Constitution is the highest law. It belongs to the United States. It belongs to all Americans.
The Constitution says how the government works. It creates the Presidency. It creates the Congress. It creates the Supreme Court.
The Constitution lists some key rights. Rights are things that all people have just because they are alive. By listing the rights, they are made special. They are made safe. The Bill of Rights is a part of the Constitution. The Bill of Rights lists many rights of the people.
History
We the People - the first words of the ConstitutionThe Constitution was written in 1787. Yes, it is over 200 years old. We actually have old copies of what was created. We havepictures of the Constitution on this site.
The Framers are the authors of the ConstitutionIn 1787, a group of men met to write the Constitution. They did not like the way the country was going. They fixed it by creating the Constitution. We call these men The Framers.
George Washington was a Framer and our first PresidentSome of the framers are very famous. George Washington was a Framer. So was Ben Franklin.
Independence Hall in PhiladelphiaThe Framers met in Independence Hall during a hot summer in Philadelphia. They had a lot of arguments. In the end, they agreed to the words in the Constitution. They knew they had to agree. If they did not agree, the fighting would keep going.
After the Framers wrote the Constitution, they asked the states to approve it. It took some time, but all the states did approve it.
Some people did not like the Constitution. Some were afraid because it did not do enough to protect the rights of the people. It had no bill, or list, of rights.
All laws passed in the United States have to abide by the Bill of RightsPromises were made to add a bill of rights. After the Constitution passed, the Bill of Rights was added. The Bill of Rights is the first ten changes to the Constitution.

The Bill of Rights
The police are our friends - and the Bill of Rights makes sure of thatThe Bill of Rights is very important. It protects important ideas. It protects your right to say what you want. It lets you think for yourself. It keeps the laws from being too hard. It gives rules for the police.
Religion is very important to a lot of people - and the Constitution keeps it safeIt lets you believe in God if you want. No one can tell you not to believe. It lets you gather with your friends to talk. It makes sure you can read newspapers.
Your home is safe because the Constitution keeps it safeThe Bill of Rights also protects your home. It helps keep Americans safe. Today, we are very happy the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.

Making changes
The Constitution is not perfect. When it was written, they knew that it would have to be improved. The Framers added a way to make changes. This is called “amendment”.
The Bill of Rights was actually added as a set of amendments. The Constitution has been changed 18 times since it was written. The amendments added things that the Framers didn’t think of.
One amendment says that all black men can vote. Another says that all women can vote. One more says that the President can only be elected twice.
The first amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added in 1791. The last amendment was added in 1992. Lots of people have ideas for new amendments. Adding an amendment is hard — it takes lots of agreement. Maybe you have a good idea for a change to the Constitution.

How it all works
The Constitution sets up the government. It is split into three parts.
The U.S. Capitol BuildingOne part is the Congress. The Congress makes laws. The people elect the members of Congress.
The White HouseThe next part is the President. The President enforces the laws.
The Supreme Court BuildingThe last part is the Courts. The courts decide what the law means when there are questions.
The People benefit from having a strong and honest governmentAll of the parts have to work together. Just like the Framers agreed on the Constitution, the parts have to agree on the laws. No part has too much power. The power is shared. This helps protect the people.

 Constitution Overview

Constitution pdf Lesson

Bill of Rights Game from Icivics


Founding Fathers.

We identified a founder father as someone who started something or contributed to the beginning of a movement. Of course we know the U.S. Founding Fathers with the big 5 being  Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

But in light of the 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington we  look at a different kind of founding father. Today we recognize Martin Luther King jr as a founding father of the Civil Rights movement. We will look as another Founding Father of the Civil Rights  Movement. Bayard Rustin 


Mr. K’s class

Should the sale of all ivory be banned? Or should countries be allowed to sell old ivory from before 1989.