Topic 5

The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions

Topic 5 explores the evolving nature of the United States Constitution through amendments, landmark Supreme Court decisions, social and political movements, and dramatic historical events. Chapters address the history and the present-day realities of core constitutional issues around the struggles of women, people of color, and individuals with disabilities to gain civil rights and civil liberties in our nation's democratic system.
Preamble to the Constitution
Preamble to the Constitution, by Gordon Johnson, licenced under CC0 1.0

Snapshot of Topic 5

Supporting Question

Massachusetts Standards [8.T5.1-6]

  1. The necessary and proper clause
  2. Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  3. Constitutional issues related to the Civil War, federal power, and individual rights
  4. Civil Rights and equal protection for race, gender, and disability
  5. Marbury v. Madison and the principle of judicial review
  6. Significant supreme court decisions:
    1. First Amendment rights
      • Religion
      • Assembly
      • Press
      • Petition
      • Speech
    2. Due process and equal protection
    3. Rights in conflict
      • United States flag and the “Pledge of Allegiance”
      • School prayer
      • National security
      • Gun control

AP Government and Politics Standards

Topic 5: The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions

The Necessary and Proper ClauseAmendments to the ConstitutionConstitutional Issues Related to the Civil War, Federal Power, and Individual Civil RightsCivil Rights and Equal Protection for Race, Gender, and DisabilityMarbury v. Madison and the Principle of Judicial ReviewSignificant Supreme Court Decisions

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