To this point the memory techniques that have been offered used concrete items. The techniques also involved generating mental images. It is easy to generate mental images to concrete items, but what about abstract items? What about the Bill of Rights? They’re abstract. How could one use the One Bun Rhyme Mnemonic (see earlier blog) to memorize each topic of first ten amendments of the Constitution? Here’s how.
First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So this is the guarantee of free speech and religion. Try forming an image of a bun (One bun) jabbering away in a place of worship.
Second Amendment. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
So here is the right to bear arms (for the purpose of maintaining a well regulated Militia). Try forming an image of a shoe ( Two shoe) bearing arms.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
This prevents the quartering of soldiers in private homes: try forming an image of soldiers carrying Christmas trees (Three tree) in an attempt to be quartered in a home, perhaps with a large X through it.
Fourth Amendment. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This prevents unreasonable searches. Try forming an image of a strong door (Four Door) preventing someone from conducting an unlawful search.
Fifth Amendment. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property,without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
This is the famous Fifth Amendment that you hear witnesses invoking to keep from incriminating themselves. Try forming an image of someone throwing a hive (Five hive) into a court to disrupt the proceedings.
Sixth Amendment. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.
Try forming an image of a judge using sticks (Six sticks) to expedite a trial.
Seventh Amendment. In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no act tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
This is the right to trial by jury. Think of a trial being conducted in heaven (Seven heaven) in front of a jury.
Eighth Amendment. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Try an image of someone being rescued from being tortured on a gate. (Eight gate).
Ninth Amendment. The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Try an image of someone being arrested for using wine (Nine wine), getting drunk and trying to get people to stop smoking in a designated smoking area.
Tenth Amendment. 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.
Try an image of a hen (Ten hen) flying to the states informing the states of their rights.
So the trick is recoding. Try to recode the abstract idea or information into something concrete. This recoding can exercise your creativity,
Now try recalling the ideas for each of the Ten Amendments. First Amendment, one is a…
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