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The Names of the Constitution


When we consider some of the most important elements in our life, we fully understand that there are different ways to approach them or redescribe them. Nietszche once said that, "Truth is a mobile army of metaphors." The Constitution is one of those elements. It has defined our nation, formed the identity of our people, and represented us at our very best and moments where we were at our worst. When the President says that our focus as a nation is "to form a more perfect union," he quotes from an idea that makes us understand how the Constitution is such an important part of our lives.

We have spent six weeks studying it. Our exam is forthcoming. One of the last things we will do is to redefine the Constitution in at least 108 ways.... and maybe more. This will allow us to better understand the Constitution in our own minds for the exam, for our own sense of identity as inheritors of the Constitution's legacy, as well as emerging scholars.


How it will work:
1. You have a list of words below. Each word has been either selected through class discussion or through my own reflection about the Constitution. We started this word wall in the Team Area and has been continued here.
2. You will select a word and for each word:
  • Create a new page on this wiki
  • Define the word.
  • Explain how the word represents the Constitution.
  • Find and include a copyright free image or picture that best represents the word and the Constitution's connection to it- Include the site from which you took the picture/ image.
  • Analyze how the Constitution reflects or embodies the meaning of that word- It is imperative that you are able to clearly link the meaning of the word, the picture, and the links that exist between all three of them.
  • Find and attribute one quotation that summarizes the Constitution- It should be a statement that reflects the complexity of the Constitution. Make sure you attribute who said it.
  • Make sure your name is at the bottom- Remember web etiquette. (First name and class period is fine.)
  • Add a section at the bottom of your page for inviting comments.
  • Hyperlink your page to the list below and the navigation pane on the side

3. You will be expected to comment on at least three others' colleagues work. Your comments should be reflections about what is presented, what thoughts it triggered in you, and how it impacted your understanding of the Constitution. Post your comments with web etiquette. IF YOU WANT TO EXAMINE THE RUBRIC FOR THE TASK, CLICK HERE!

4. All work will be done on this wiki and you must include the navigation tools necessary to add on to it.

The Words of the Constitution



pain
endure
triumph
rights
protection
bias
fear
Fuller
school
opportunity
guidelines
progress
different
exam
progress
struggle
treason
"The Man"
exam
fairness
lawyers
government
prevail
articles
freedom
men
law
speech
change
Freemasons
choices
liberty
security
amendments
solid
formidable
bills
judiciary
promises
oppression
__voice__
bullying
thought
arguments
mistakes
possibilities
active
inalienable
intrusion
dynamic
participation
personal
exception
static

ethics
responsibility
bogus
denial
dreams
realities
imprint
understanding
rectangles
achievement
Framers
tragic
strength
states
voting
complain
dictatorship
republic
ideal
tranquility
speech
collaboration
private
historical
speed
public
collective
branches
sovereignty
intimidation
Facebook
faith
action
showdown
Justice
trust
silence
protest
leaders
community
override
representatives
identity
MLIA
accountability
federal
experiment
compassion
perfect
powerless
response
lawmaking
masses
failure

Bybee Memo
Abu Ghraib
memories
justice1

legal responsibility
moral responsibility
torture
John Yoo

security system

globalization
honor
marriage
privacy
controversy
tyranny
minority
counsel
jury
accused
technology
internet
free speech
limits
civic
economic rights
collusion
Syriana
immigration law
worst
teapot dome
industrialization
proletariat
robber barons
terrorism
protection
enhanced interrogation
Guantanamo Bay
Supremacy
treason
Julian
No Child Left Behind
harm
self hate
communication
discourse
targeting
Salem Witch Trials
Patriot Act
Literature
existentialism
socialism
Jack McCoy
Justice Holmes
Benazir Bhutto
Locke
Voltaire
Maximus
Goss v. Lopez
New Jersey vs. T.L.O.
homework
school boards
respect
adversity
Michael Scott
religion
tradition
attention
prejudices
international
mores
Justice Warren
taboos
romanticize
"speak"
organically
grassroots
appeal
snapshot
wisdom
underdog
original
portal
education
horizon
vista
Justice Burger
transparency
vitality
drama
divinity
timeless
misremember
knowledge
Benjamin Constant
collaboration
manipulation
risk
assessment

relationship
investigation
delusion
YouTube
outsourced
Howard Zinn
Omelas
depression
help
Melinda Sordino