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The US Constitution

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


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TeachingAmericanHistory.org - To clarify the events of the Constitutional Convention, Gordon Lloyd has organized the convention into four parts—a four part drama—and also provided a day-by-day summary of the Convention.


Create a Class Constitution
- The Students will learn the purpose of the U.S. Constitution. Students will analyze the language and meaning of the Preamble.
Students will work in cooperative groups to write a class constitution.
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The Preamble to the Constitution: How do you make a more perfect union?
- Before 1789, the young nation had been ruled by the Articles of Confederation, written in 1781 in reaction to years of British rule. By 1787, however, it was clear that a more perfect Union was required; while protecting the independence of member states, the Articles of Confederation did not describe the powers of a federal chief executive or a judicial system. The creation of our Constitution and present form of government was informed by these and other considerations that arose during the years of the Confederation.

Constitution Lesson Plans - This Web site provides a lesson plan and material from a variety of electronic CQ Press sources to help instructors and students observe Constitution Day. CQ Press resources include primary sources, pro/con debates on important constitutional issues, encyclopedia articles on the Constitution, expert commentary and analysis by CQ writers, and more. In addition, this site provides links to additional free sources available on the Web and links to CQ Press books and online collections related to the Constitution.

TeachingAmericanHistory.org - To clarify the events of the Constitutional Convention, Gordon Lloyd has organized the convention into four parts—a four part drama—and also provided a day-by-day summary of the Convention.

Primary Source Documents:

United States Constitution - The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789. The Constitution established the U.S. government as it exists today.

Webquests/Games:

The Constitution Webquest - The Constitution for Kids website provides information about the laws of our country and the history of our Constitution that is easy to understand. Answer somequestions using the website. Can be adapted for elementary school through high school.
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Save the Bill of Rights - This game, developed by the National Constitution Center is a role playing game where the official national computer has crashed and the students must help find the amendments.
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US Constitution Crossword Puzzle - Printable Crossword puzzle from the National Constitution Center

 

 

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