U S Constitution Language

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  1. BeeTeach

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    A great amount of discussion has been created by students and parents alike on 2 questions on a recent Civics test:

    Article 1 of the U S Constitution is written in:
    A. General language
    B. Specific language
    C. Both general and specific language

    Article 2 of the U S Constitution is written in:
    A. General language
    B. Specific language
    C. Both general and specific language

    Can I please have your comments? Thanks!
     
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    What are your thoughts? Maybe it would be easier for us to piggyback on those.
     
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    My thoughts are that both general and specific language can be found in these articles.
     
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    Can you give some examples of what you mean?

    Why are you looking for feedback on this? Is it an assignment for a class?
     
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    Not a Civics teacher here. Science and math. Looking for feedback from both a parents perspective and a teachers. The way that I am viewing these Articles is that the language is specific in that it directs who specifically shall carry out what duties. The general language as I interpret it would be the titles that are given to those (President, VP, etc.) but not speaking of the exact individual.
     
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    How were the terms defined in class?
     
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    Not sure and I don't see it in the notes.
     
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    You mention a parent's perspective, BeeTeach: are these questions that your child encountered in class? If so, is the class a civics class or a literature/language class?
     
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    Yes. This was in a Civic's class. I believe the Constitution was written in general language for all to understand, but even from this perspective some of the language can be viewed as specific.
     
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    Article I is fairly general
    "All legislative powers herein grantd shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representative."

    Article II, which defines the HofR is very specific - who HofR is elected, who can be a rep, based on population, how vacanies are filled, and how Speaker is selected and impeachment procedures.
     
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    Those are both actually in Article I, which deals with the Legislative Branch.

    Generally speaking, the Constitution was written in general terms. It is the State constitutions which are much more specific. But you could definitely argue that there are also some specifics mentioned in the Constitution. (Terms and qualifications for Senators/Representatives being one of those examples.) This is definitely one of those questions that leaves a lot of room for debate.
     

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