Thursday, January 21, 2010

Remembering the Bill of Rights' Seventh Amendment

The goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide is to develop ways to use association and mnemonic memory techniques, instead of rote memorization, to remember educational information for a lifetime.

The Bill of Rights' Seventh Amendment is the right to a jury trial in certain civil trials.

In this Memory Story we're going to substitute "heaven" for "seven" and for those who know the Link/Peg/Phonetic system we're going to use "cow".

Memory story: Well you're in trouble again. You got this great idea of selling "indulgences" to your friends and neighbors so they can go to "heaven" no matter what sin they've committed. (Well it seemed like a good idea at the time.) You use a statue of a "cow" as proof they've purchased an indulgence and you sell these Holy Cows for twenty one dollars. Now there's a great big civil suit and everyone wants there money back. Off to court you go and the judge (who has a serious mean look like Martin Luther) keeps telling the jury what they should pay attention to and what they shouldn't. If he doesn't keep his mouth shut you're going to be burned at the stake along with all your little Holy Cows.

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