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U. S. Constitution - Preamble
Many great documents begin with a preamble.

Constitution of the United States | Interactive Constitution @ National Constitution Center

1. The word "Preamble" means - (Look it up in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

 

2. According to the Preamble of the U. S. Constitution, the Constitution applies to -

 

3. Think about it - Have groups of people been excluded from the protections and rights of the U. S. Constitution?

 

If you say yes, name one group.

 

The Preamble states 6 goals. Write them.

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Check it out -

1. Review the Comparison and Contrast Guide @ ReadWriteThink - online activity through "Organizing a Paper ".

Tip: To work your way through click the right pointing arrow after reading each page. right arrow

Compare the Preamble of the Constitution of your state/commonwealth with the U. S. Constitution's Preamble.

What are the similarities?

 

 

2. Constitutional calculation - What percentage of the state constitutions, of the United States of America, begin with the phrase "We the People"?

 

 

"Gouverneur Morris ­---the one-legged genius who drafted the Constitution ---- is perhaps the least known today.
Drafting the Constitution at the age of 35, Morris shaped and smoothed the wording proposed by the Convention,
making for clarity, simplicity, and speed. When he changed “We the people of the states” into
“We the people,” he created a phrase that would ring throughout American history."
Richard Bookhiser Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris—The Rake Who Wrote the Constitution.

The Constitutional Convention 1787 National Constitution Center - Founding Fathers
Podcast - Writing of the Constitution Online Library of Liberty - primary documents
Interactive Constitution - National Constitution Center
"Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline" Online Exhibit

Art - Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy

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posted 9/2006 In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora UTD 11/2012

Aligned with the following Pa Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Civics and Government, Mathematics, Civics, Science and Technology
Aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government

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