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SS.7.C.3.5 - Amending the United States Constitution

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.5

Explain the Constitutional amendment process.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will recognize the methods used to propose and ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Read more!

  • Students will be able to identify the correct sequence of each amendment process. Read more!

  • Students will identify the importance of a formal amendment process. Read more!

  • Students will recognize the significance of the difficulty of formally amending the U.S. Constitution. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which is the last step in amending the U.S. Constitution?

A. The voters approve the amendment in a national election.

B. The president signs the amendment in a public ceremony.

C. Three-fourths of the state legislatures ratify the amendment.

D. Two-thirds of both houses of Congress ratify the amendment.


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The passage below was written by U.S. Senator Barack Obama in his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope.

C35 Moderate

Based on the passage, which statement about the amendment process would Senator Obama support?

A. The ratification process allows the president to reflect public views.

B. The ratification process allows governors to reflect public views.

C. The U.S. Constitution is difficult to amend.

D. The U.S. Constitution is easy to amend.

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Example Three (High Complexity)

The passage below is from an 1848 speech by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

C35 High

Based on the passage, which action in the modern political system would Elizabeth Cady Stanton support?

A. amending the U.S. Constitution to extend suffrage

B. amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee due process

C. Congress enacting a law limiting freedom of speech rights

D. Congress enacting a law limiting freedom of association rights

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C.3.5 - Vocabulary


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

Amending the Constitution
courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Amending the Constitution (total length 2:03) from The Almost Painless Guide: The U.S. Constitution
  • The Amendment Process (total length 2:09, stop at 1:36) from Standard Deviants School American Government: The Constitution of the United States

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Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 3, Section 3 - p. 99-102