Six Big Ideas in the Constitution

Six Big Ideas in the Constitution
Fed. Gov.'t
has only
Limited
powers
Government
listed
People
choose
reps.
Republicanism
Checks and
Balances
Divide
power b/t
states &
Fed.
1
4
9
1
2
2
8
2
1
Federalism
Executive
Legislative
Separation
Judicial
of Powers
People =
authority
Popular
of Gov.'t
Sovereignty
Issues =
people vote
3
1
2
2
Quote
"The privilege of the writ of
habes corpus shall not be
suspended."
"The United States shall
n/a guarantee... a republican
form of government."
4
2
Clause
Section
Article
Handout 3:
Outlining the Constitution’s Six Big Ideas
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"He shall have the power by
and with the advice of the
Senate to make treaties."
Rephrase in your own words
Imprisoned people have to go
to trial and be told why they
are being held. The
government can't take this
away.
Voters choose Representatives
to govern them.
2/3 Senate has to O.K. any
treaty the President makes.
Congress has some powers
"To lay ad collect taxes,
duties, ... pay for the common and the states have some
powers.
defense."
"The judicial power shall
extend in all cases... arising
under this constitution."
"the electors in each state
shall have the qualifications
requisite for electors of the
most numerous branch
of the state legislator."
The Supreme Court can
decide if a law is
unconstitutional (goes
against the constitution).
Citizens vote for the the people
they want to represent them.
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