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Students analyze the Preamble of the Constitution and identify the historical context that led to its wording. They, in groups, interpret phrases from the Preamble, examine relevant court cases and create illustrations for their portion or text.
5th - 8th
Students 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. Students identify the meaning of the specific passage and illustrate a picture about the Preamble. The illustrations can be placed together to develop a mural.
6th - 12th
Students discuss key phrases from the Preamble of the Constitution, find ways to relate the values stated in the Preamble to their daily lives, and explore possible changes needed in the Constitution by future generations of citizens.
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.
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
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.
Students discover the meaning of the preamble to the Constitution. In this constitution lesson, students discuss and answer questions about the importance of the constitution and it's preamble. Students work in cooperative groups to determine the meaning of the preamble.
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.
Eleventh graders interpret the Preamble of the Constitution. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders synthesize a modern translation. Students analyze the changes in interpretation of the Preamble over the course of U.S. History.
Students identify what a good government should provide for its citizens, and link their ideas to those of the founding founders by analyzing the Preamble to the Constitution. They create a mural depicting their understanding of the Preamble.
Twelfth graders examine the opening statement of the U.S. Constitution. In this Preamble lesson, 12th graders paraphrase the Preamble and then discuss what it means to Americans today.
5th - 12th
Students explore the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson, students write a preamble to encourage cooperation in their classroom as they study the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.
9th - 10th
Reading and comprehending informational text is vital in all subject areas. Upper graders use primary sources and worksheets to better comprehend the historical importance of the Preamble of the US Constitution. Web links, handouts, and printable worksheet is included.
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.
8th - 12th
In this U.S. Constitution worksheet, students read the Preamble of the Constitution and then respond to 7 short answer questions based on their analysis of the document.
3rd - 5th
Learners analyze the constitution. For this constitution lesson, students illustrate and describe the eight phrases of the preamble. They create their own classroom preamble.
Learners read and interpret the Preamble, write a personal response, and generate a set of classroom rules for both students and teacher for the year. After discussion and debate, actual class rules are adopted for the year.
Students engage in a simulation assisting James Madison in writing the Bill of Rights. After determining the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation, they work in pairs to interpret the Preamble. After reading a story called, "The Land of Cantdo," students draw and write descriptions of First Amendment freedoms.
Second graders study the Constitution. They examine the meaning and fundamentals of the Preamble of The Constitution of USA. They assess the importance of having a Supreme Law that states the rights and obligations of the citizens. They survey the citizenship of people involved in writing the Constitution.