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Making the Constitution more accessible.

Long-time congressional staffer Cathy Travis offers an easy-to-read interpretation of the Founders' masterwork in her Constitution Translated for Kids. It's a line-by-line translation of the entire U.S. Constitution, written at the 5th-grade level. The 85-page book features the actual 1787 text of the Constitution on the left side of each page, with Travis' corresponding translation on the right. The text also provides some historical context, questions to consider about the Constitution and student exercises. A workbook that answers questions posed in the book is available as well. "The biggest misconception about the Constitution is that it's very long," Travis, press secretary for Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, told the AP. In reality, she confides, "It's an itty-bitty thing, only 4,400 words." And now it comes with a translation for kids, complete with glossary. One example: Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution states, "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." Travis' translation modernizes the statement to read, "Congress cannot pass a law to declare someone guilty of a crime. Criminal laws passed by Congress can be applied only from the time they are passed." (Oakwood Publishing: P.O. Box 403, Dayton, OH 45409; 937-298-1998)

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Title Annotation:Resources for the classroom
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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