Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Remembering the Bill of Rights' Tenth 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 we can use for a lifetime.

The Bill of Rights' Tenth Amendment is written:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively or to the people.

Without using rote memorization I've tried numerous ways to remember this amendment verbatim because I like to ponder verbage like the Tenth Amendment just as some people like to memorize scripture so it can guide their life and thoughts. However I have not created a memory story that will allow me to do this verbatim. Years ago though I abridged this amendment to contain most of the words I wanted to remember into an acronym and memory story. So until someone comes up with something better here's the memory story I use.

In this memory story we're going to substitute "den" for "ten" and for those who know the link/peg/phonetic system we'll use "toss".
Memory story: You're going in to your den (it's pretty big) and there's a very famous mythological lady reclined there on a couch who is eating some fruit next to a giant chest with US in gold across the top and the Constitution sealed across the lid's opening. "PaNDoRa ToSs A PeaR", (powers not delegated reserved to the states and people respectfully) you call to her as she throws you a golden piece of the fruit.
What's in the chest, you wonder? Powers given to the US by the Constitution (parchment) that has sealed the lid closed. Of course the chest wants to be open to suck more powers inside but the State representatives and all the people in your den won't let it happen because they would have to tear the Constitution (right along the tenth amendment) and give up there own powers to the United States government to do so.

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