Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1st Amendment Video

Below is a video from YouTube, it is called the Facts of Congress, they do different cartoon animations on various topics of the constitution and History of the United States. They chose to do one of the Amendments, that being the 1st Amendment. It is meant  for the classroom setting but I find it to be a quirky way of letting people know what the 1st Amendment is all about instead of a lecture that is more known for the classroom setting. It is not made in a conventional way at all, that is why I chose Facts of Congress - The First Amendment for my blog.

1st Amendment Artwork

Freedom of Speech by Annie Rong

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
- 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution

I thought this drawing was very interesting. It expresses what the 1st Amendment means, we as Americans have Freedom of Speech. We hold the key to what we say if I may put it that way. Freedom of Speech is represented as a key in the image above, showing that we are in control of it, it is our key. The woman's mouth is a lock that I assume can be unlocked by the key, further showing that we are in control of what we say.

Rappin' the Preamble

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
- Preamble of the Constitution

The Preamble is a very important segment of the Constitution. Not only does it begin the constitution but it sets a precedent for what follows which is the amendments of the Constitution. It sets those fundamental principles and guidelines that Americans will need to "form a more perfect union," amongst other things.

I chose this video because it is different; you have a kid rapping about what he thinks the Preamble means. I enjoy finding alternative ways to learning other than just purely reading, reciting, or writing, I tend to choose more hands on activities where you can be creative. The kid who made this video looked like he had a lot of fun creatung the video especially from all of the role playing he and his co-star did in the video. Hopefully you enjoyed the video as much as I did.