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Lesson 6: Comparing State and U.S. Constitutions CE 2016

American Government Unit 6: The Constitution and Civil Liberties

Objectives: Compare and contrast the functions and protections of state constitutions versus the U.S. Constitution; Analyze the privacy protections

provided under the U.S. Constitution versus those provided by your state of residence; Assess the merits of general versus explicit language in

constitutional civil liberties protections

Note: This lesson should take 2 days.

The Constitution and Civil Liberties

Throughout this unit, you explored the causes for the U.S.

Constitution and the structure and function of the document.

While analyzing the Bill of Rights and the role the Supreme

Court plays, you studied the balance of competing rights. While

it is essential to learn about the U.S. Constitution and the

workings of the federal government, most of your daily

interactions with any of these principles will be on a state or local

level. Therefore, this portfolio assignment asks you to compare

and contrast your state constitution to the U.S. Constitution.

As you complete this assignment, ask yourself the following questions:

How does your state constitution compare to the U.S. Constitution?

What, if any, additional protections does a state constitution provide its residents?

Objectives

Compare and contrast the functions and protections of state constitutions versus the U.S. Constitution

Analyze the privacy protections provided under the U.S. Constitution versus those provided by your state of

residence

Assess the merits of general versus explicit language in constitutional civil liberties protections

Tip: You will have two days to complete this lesson.

Comparing Constitutions

You will now compose an essay in which you will report on the key similarities and differences between your state

constitution and the U.S. Constitution. This comparison will focus on government structure and civil liberties

protections. The rest of this lesson will help you complete your research and structure your essay accordingly. First,

review the four components of the essay:

Discuss general similarities and differences between your

state constitution and the U.S. Constitution (in terms of

government and document structure).

Report on whether your state constitution includes a

statement or bill of rights. Summarize the kinds of rights

that are protected. How do they compare with the

protections in the U.S. Bill of Rights?

Drill down to the specific right to privacy. Why is the right

to privacy important? Is it explicitly mentioned in your state constitution? What are the exact words?

Evaluate the scope of privacy protection offered—does it provide more, or less, protection than the U.S

Constitution’s implied right to privacy?

Assess the merit of explicit versus general constitutional language in the protection of rights. Is one more

preferable than another? How does the language in your state constitution compare to the language in the

U.S. Constitution?

Research and Analyze Your State Constitution

You will need to obtain a copy of your state constitution to

complete this assignment.

Select the link to access the “Search Constitutions” page from the

NBER/Maryland State Constitutions Project website. Follow the

directions below to access your state constitution.

1. Select Article/Section Text from the Select Type of

Information to Receive drop-down menu.

2. Select your state from the Select State(s) drop-down menu.

3. Select the most recent version of your state constitution from the Select Constitution(s) drop-down menu.

4. Select the Begin Search button at the top of the window to retrieve your state constitution.

Search Constitutions

Modification: Alternatively, conduct a safe search on the Internet or look in your local

library for the most recent version of your state constitution.

Once you have obtained a copy of your state constitution, you will analyze it. Be sure to use the essay prompt as a

guide as you read your state constitution. Identify information in the text of your state constitution that pertains to

the essay prompt.

When you have gathered the important information from your state constitution, you will need to compare that

information to the U.S. Constitution. Focus on areas you feel that apply to the information you have already

attained. Remember, you may use information from activities you completed in previous lessons.

Select the link to access the U.S. Constitution from the Realize™ website.

U.S. Constitution

Tip: Staying Organized

As you are reading your state constitution, you will want to identify the information

pertinent to your essay prompt. There are a variety of ways to help you stay organized

as you examine the U.S. Constitution and your state constitution.

In some viewing tools, you can do this by using the highlight function or the review function

to make notes in the margins.

You can also use a graphic organizer to compile all of the information you collect. There are

four components in the prompt, so you could use four graphic organizers (charts, concept

webs, etc.).

A two-column chart could be used to compare and contrast information. The U.S.

Constitution information could be listed in the first column, and information from

your state constitution could be listed in the second column.

You could also use a concept web. For example, the right to privacy could be in the

center of the web; one half of the surrounding squares could include information

about your state constitution, and the other half of the squares could include

information about the U.S. Constitution.

Select the links to access the various graphic organizers.

Two-Column Chart

Concept Web

Organization is key at this stage of the essay. Organized information will ensure a

smoother writing process.

Plan Your Writing

You have gathered all of the important information from your state constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Creating

an outline can help ensure that all components of the essay prompt are met and can lead to more efficient writing.

Use the essay prompt and the information you gathered to create an outline. For example, the first component of

the prompt reads: Discuss general similarities and differences between your state constitution and the U.S.

Constitution (in terms of government and document structure).

A detailed outline for this component could be structured this way:

I. Discuss general similarities and differences between your state constitution and the U.S. Constitution

A. Document Structure

1. Similarities

a. preambles in both

b. articles in both

2. Differences:

a. state has more articles than U.S.

b. state is much longer than U.S.

B. Government Structure

1. Similarities

a. three branches

b. bicameral legislatures

2. Differences

a. legislatures have different names

b. jurisdiction of courts is different

Depending on your personal preference, you could write the outline and then write that component of the essay, or

you could complete an outline for the entire prompt and then write all of the components at once.

Use the essay prompt and the rubric to guide your writing and ensure that you have met all of the requirements.

Select the link to access the Comparing State and U.S. Constitutions Portfolio Rubric.

Comparing State and U.S. Constitution Portfolio Rubric

Tip: There are a variety of ways to approach your outline. Although your state and government

structure may vary, you can use the following example as a guide to develop your own outline.

Select the link to access a sample student outline.

Sample Outline

Write the Essay

Complete the following activities.

You have researched and analyzed the U.S. Constitution and your state constitution. You have organized all of the

information and created an outline, or plan, for writing. Now it is time to start writing. Your work will be graded on

two overarching components: the content of your essay (how well you address all components of the prompt) and

writing fundamentals (word choice, sentence fluency, and grammatical conventions). The essay should include an

introduction, body paragraphs with strong transitions between topics, and a conclusion.

Select the link to access helpful tips for writing your essay.

Writing Tips

Be sure to use quotes and cite each of your sources. Select the link to access the document APA Style: Citing

Sources and Formatting. Follow these guidelines to set up your paper and provide attribution for your sources.

APA Style: Citing Sources and Formatting

Select the link to access the Comparing State and U.S. Constitutions Portfolio Rubric. Use the rubric to guide your

writing and ensure that you have met all of the requirements.

Comparing State and U.S. Constitution Portfolio Rubric

Revise and Edit Your Essay

Complete the following review activities.

Once you have a completed draft of your essay, revise and edit your writing. There is a difference between revising

and editing. Editing is focused on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word choice. Do not solely rely upon the

spelling and grammar check of your word processing software. Be sure to read your essay multiple times. Reading

your essay aloud can help you identify areas that do not have a consistent flow, and it can also help you identify

grammatical mistakes.

Revision is focused on the content of the writing. Use the prompt and the portfolio rubric as a guide when revising

your essay.

Are all components of the prompt addressed?

Are there strong transitions from one topic to the next?

Did you include enough supporting evidence for each section?

Did you include an in-depth analysis of the similarities and differences between the two constitutions?

Once you have revised and edited your essay, use the portfolio rubric to complete a self-assessment. Make any

necessary adjustments before submitting the final product.

Select the link to access the Comparing State and U.S. Constitutions Portfolio Rubric.

Comparing State and U.S. Constitution Portfolio Rubric

Tip: There are a variety of ways to approach writing an essay. Although your thesis statement,

supporting evidence, and source material may vary, you can use the following example as a guide to

developing your own writing.

Select the link to access a sample student essay.

Comparing Hawaii’s State Constitution to the U.S. Constitution

Your Comparing State and U.S. Constitutions essay is a portfolio item. When you are finished,

please submit your answers to your teacher using the Drop Box below. Prior to submitting, review

the portfolio rubric. This is the guideline your teacher will use to grade your work.

Complete and submit the Comparing State and U.S. Constitutions
assessment.

Writing Tips

Getting Started and Writing an Introduction

One of the most difficult parts of writing an essay is getting started. Introductions can be a difficult place to start

when writing an essay. It is often easier for some writers to write the body paragraphs first and then return to write

the introduction.

The introduction should tell the reader what to expect in the essay (much like the Preamble does for the U.S.

Constitution).

The introduction should engage the reader. You want to trigger her interest in what she is about to read.

The introduction should include a thesis statement that summarizes the content of the essay. For this essay,

the introduction should reference the comparison and contrast of the two constitutions.

Writing Strong Body Paragraphs and Transitions

When writing the body paragraphs of the essay, use the prompt as your guide. This will help you maintain a

clear focus.

Each body paragraph should include a main idea statement and supporting evidence. In this particular essay,

a main idea statement for the first component of the prompt could be: The New York Constitution and the

U.S. Constitution have very similar governmental structures. Within that paragraph, you will provide

examples of how the two are similar, such as the fact that they both have bicameral legislatures.

There are four components for this particular essay, but that does not mean you only need to have four body

paragraphs. The second component of the prompt asks for a comparison of statement of rights. A full

comparison may take two paragraphs rather than one. You are not writing an encyclopedia, but you want to

make sure you fully address all components of the prompt.

You want to include strong transitions from one topic to the next. Transition sentences are important for

creating a flow in the document. Examples of transition words include although, in addition to, first, finally,

similarly, and on the contrary. A sample transition sentence from the section on the Bill of Rights to the

section on privacy is: Although privacy is not explicitly included in the Bill of Rights, it is evident in many

aspects of the Minnesota Constitution.

Include academic and content-specific vocabulary (in the introduction and conclusion as well). For example,

instead of saying, “In the first part of the U.S. Constitution, . . . ” write “In Article I of the U.S. Constitution,

. . . ”. Revisit lessons in this unit and look for key words that could be used to boost your writing.

Writing Good Conclusions

Conclusions are basically summaries that include the most important information as well as something extra to

make the reader feel like reading your essay was a good use of her time.

Look back at your thesis statement and the main idea statements from each body paragraphs. They can help

you when crafting your conclusion.

Ask yourself the following question: If someone was only able to read the conclusion, what information

would you want her to know?

Compare your conclusion and your introduction. They should address much of the same information, but

they serve different purposes, so they should not be identical.

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