Paper #1 – Amending the Constitution


Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution prescribes the process by which the document can be amended. Almost immediately after the Constitution’s ratification, the Bill of Rights—a package of 10 amendments—was introduced and adopted. Since then, though, the Constitution was been amended just 17 times, most recently in 1992. With this in mind, write a four page paper that addresses the following:

• Why did the Framers of the Constitution allow for an amendment process? That is, what purpose does this process serve? What does the role of the states in this process suggest to you about how the Framers tried to balance power under the new system?
• Which amendments stand out to you as particularly necessary? Which amendments seem odd or strange?
• Propose at least three changes to the Constitution or American government by way of constitutional amendments. Ask yourself, which amendments do not exist, but should? And which amendments do exist, but need to be updated? Justify your changes.
• Should the amendment process be easier, or is it fine the way it is? Why?

Your paper should be typed, double-spaced with standard (1”) margins, and organized with an introduction, body, and conclusion (see me with questions about this). Visits to EKU’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity are encouraged. Make sure to cite elements of the reading, when relevant. No electronic submissions will be accepted – you must turn in a stapled copy.

Finally, it should go without saying that I will not evaluate you based on your expressed ideological beliefs or positions. You will, however, be graded based on the coherence of your thoughts/writing and how well you address the components above.