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The US Constitution contains a Preamble, it is the document that describes what the Constitution is all about. Using several active reading strategies, fifth graders will show that they understand this important primary-source document. They begin by reading the Preamble as a class, then each child will examine the document sentence by sentence. They will create books that contain an exact sentence from the document, their personal interpretation or understanding of the sentence, and a drawing that represents the ideas contained within each sentence of the Preamble. This is a wonderful way to increase comprehension and can be applied to any other primary resource.
Young scholars examine the Preamble of the United States Constitution. In this United States government lesson, students read the Preamble and investigate a passage from the Preamble. Young scholars identify the meaning of the specific passage and illustrate a picture about the Preamble. The illustrations can be placed together to develop a mural.
Students identify concrete and abstract nouns in the preamble to the Constitution, and complete Frayer Model graphic organizers using history and current events as examples of American values. In this preamble lesson plan, students use the preamble of the U.S. Constitution to identify American values.
Fifth graders determine which goal of the Preamble addresses a topic. They determine which Amendments of the Bill of Rights supports which of the 6 goals of the Preamble and explain the purpose and meaning of the Bill of Rights as identified in the Preamble to the U. S. Constitution
Students begin the lesson by comparing and contrasting two state constitution's preambles. After identifying the themes in the state preambles, they compare the U.S. Constitution's preamble to the states. They work together to write their own new preamble to the Constitution and research the amending process of the Constitution itself.
The language of the Constitution can feel quite ominous to young learners, but there are a variety of strategies you can utilize to help your class grasp the important concepts and ideals in our nation's founding document. This lesson plan takes you and your readers step-by-step through a close reading of a secondary source analyzing the phrase "We the People" in the Constitution's Preamble.
“We the people . . .” Thus begins the Preamble to the Constitution. Using a close reading approach, class members examine an excerpt from Linda Monk’s article that traces how the interpretation of these words has evolved. Some of your kids may be surprised to learn that at one time women, Native Americans, and white males who did not own property were not thought of as part of “the people.” Reading, vocabulary, sentence syntax, discussion, and writing tasks are all delineated in the richly detailed plan. A teaching guide is also included.
Students experience Constitution Day. They discuss the Constitution and its laws, how Congress and the Supreme Court are organized, the rights of the people, and the advantages and disadvantages of a written constitution. They review the phrases for the preamble and arrange cards reflecting the phrases in the correct order.
Fifth graders explain the purpose of the government by examining the Preamble to the Constitution. They identify ways in which the government is preserving those rights today. They discover one of the fundamental principles of democracy and describe its importance today.
Students examine the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson, students discuss the three parts of the Constitution including the Preamble. Students play Preamble Scramble, become familiar with the three branches of government, and complete a virtual scavenger hunt. Students also discuss the amendments to the Constitution.
Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution become the text eight graders use to practice paraphrasing and summarizing. They also determine how to use context clues and the dictionary when defining difficult and archaic language. The phonics section of the lesson focuses on the doubling rule while adding suffixes to words.