Creating A Constitution

What is a constitution?


  1. law determining the fundamental political principles of a government [syn: fundamental law ( law), organic law ( law)]
  2. the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club" [syn: establishment (, formation (, organization (, organisation (]
  3. the way in which someone or something is composed [syn: composition (, makeup (]
  4. United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston [syn: Old Ironsides ( Ironsides)]


The constitution of a country is its most basic laws. These are the basic rights of every citizen that we all take for granted. For example, the constitution guarantees freedom of religion, no unreasonable search and seizure, mobility rights, or language rights. Each country has certain basic rights that are guaranteed, but they will vary from country to country. In Canada certain language rights are guaranteed, in the United States you have the right to bear arms.

Some of the most basic rights of Canadians are summarized in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms while American rights are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. The French have their rights written up in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.

  1. You and a partner are going to come up with the 15 most fundamental rights you think every Canadian must have.
  2. You are then going to get together with another group (who has done the same thing) and combine your two lists down to the 10 most fundamental rights.
  3. Then we’re going to post your “constitution” and those of the other groups, and vote on them to see which one would pass and why. Your teacher will let you know where you are to post your constitution.
  4. When you've done that, consider the following:
    1. Are you happy with the results?
    2. Were any important "rights" missed?
      • If so, which ones?
    3. Do you think it's proper to negotiate people's rights? After all, if they're rights, don't you have them whether the government says you do or not?
    4. Ultimately, is this a good constitution?


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