What's in Your Constitution?

By Emma Piscitelli

What is a Creative Way to Remember the Articles?

Lucy

Exits

Joyfully

So

Anne

Seems

Rude

What does Each Word in the Acronym Stand For?

Lucy- The "L" in Lucy stands for the Legislative Branch. Article I explains how the Legislative Branch creates laws, and what powers the states have. This Article is the longest in the Constitution. This Article also outlines the duties of Congress such as collecting taxes, borrowing money and paying debts, and regulating commerce.
Exits- The "E" in Exits stands for the Executive Branch. Article II explains how the Executive Branch executes and enforces the laws as well as the qualifications of the president, the powers of the office, and what happens when the President deviates from his job. The Executive Branch includes the President, Vice President and the many other people and departments that participate in carrying out the government's business on a daily basis.
Joyfully- The "J" in Joyfully stands for the Judicial Branch. Article III explains how the Judicial Branch interprets the laws and decides whether the laws have been followed. This Article creates the Supreme Court and the criteria a case has to have in order to be heard by this court. Under this Article, it states that judges are appointed and stay a judge until they retire, die, or are superseded and that trials by jury are guaranteed.
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So- The "S" in So stands for States Rights. Article IV of the Constitution explains how the States should get along with one another.
Anne- The "A" in Anne stands for the Amendment Process. Article V explains how the Constitution can be changed or amended.
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Seems- The "S" in Seems stands for Supremacy of the Constitution. Article VI of the Constitution explains how the law works and which law is supreme. This Article of the Constitution contains the Supremacy Clause.
Rude- The "R" in Rude stands for Ratification. Article VII explains what steps have to be taken in order to make the Constitution the law of the land. During the time the Constitution was being written, 9 out of the 13 states had to ratify the Constitution for it to take effect.