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THE GAME

Repetition is the basis for all learning.

For ages 8 to adult, this card game provides the best of all learning environments by engaging multiple senses in the learning process. It is equally effective whether it is played at home around the kitchen table or in a more formal setting of the classroom at school.

Discover how quickly and easily you can learn the 27 amendments to the United States Constitution and the process that makes it happen.

Article V 4u2 Amend provides an excellent opportunity to complement classroom instruction at school or home. If you like to play table and card games, this one is for you.

Regarding this hand, ever the teacher, Gary Banz says:

Each turn consists of three steps: 1) draw to bring the number of cards in your hand to seven; 2) play if you can; and 3) discard one card.

Player A: With these seven cards in your hand and it is your turn to play… 1) lay down the Article V card which allows you to begin a run of amendments; 2) lay down cards 2, 3 and 4 to begin a run (don’t forget to identify each by number and subject); 3) discard either the #15 or #16 and keep the #6 because it will be needed to complete the run of 10. After you discard, ending your turn, you will have two cards in your hand. When it is your turn again, you will draw cards (in this case 5) to bring the number of cards in your hand to seven and proceed to play your next turn.

The Author


Gary W. Banz taught in public schools of Oklahoma for 28 years where he developed and used Article V 4u2 Amend in his classroom. His teaching and coaching assignments were at Putnam City, Ada, and Midwest City High Schools.

A Kansas farm boy by birth, Banz moved to Oklahoma in 1963 for his college education at Southern Nazarene University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

He was drafted into the United States Army in the summer of 1968 and later spent eight years in the United States Army Reserve.

On 12.12.12, as this game was produced for publication, Banz was beginning a fifth two-year term as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.


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Historical Perspective

From May to September of 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, produced the framework of a system of self-government we know as the United States of America.

The republic they established was based on a written Constitution. The framers of this Constitution clearly understood the need to modify what they had set in place as the governing tool for the nation. Their purpose was for the primary principles of federalism, limited government of enumerated powers, checks and balances, and separation of powers, all embedded in the Constitution, to endure the test of time.

However, future generations may need to make changes. In fact, to get the Constitution ratified by the required number of states, a compromise was reached to immediately add language that would give greater protection to individual rights.


The first attempt to amend the Constitution was in 1789 when Congress sent twelve (12) articles to the states for ratification. On December 15, 1791, nine of thirteen original states adopted articles three through twelve, making them the first ten amendments. Those amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.

In 1992, the second article, dormant for decades, was adopted by 38 states and became the 27th amendment.

Article V makes provision for changes to the Constitution, provided, ”that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

The language in Article V gives the U. S. Congress and the States equal standing to propose amendments.


Amendments may be proposed by: (1) an act of Congress or (2) by a convention called by two-thirds (34) of the states for the purpose of proposing an amendment.

Ratification is accomplished by:

(1) three-fourths (38) of the state legislatures passing the amendment or

(2) conventions called in three-fourths of the states for the purpose of passing the amendment.

The first 27 amendments were proposed by an act of Congress. Only the 21st Amendment was ratified by a convention called for that purpose. All others were ratified by action of state legislatures.

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