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Further Research Select key delegates to the Constitutional Convention and research their role in the writing of the Preamble, the Constitution and later, the Bill of Rights.
Suggested delegates might be: Constitution Overview In this lesson, students are introduced to the Preamble to the Constitution. They examine the significance, wording and the fundamental purposes that establish the framework for the Constitution.
Students will also begin to discuss what those words mean to them as young people of the United States. Compelling questions for this lesson include: What do the words in the Preamble mean? What is the purpose of the Preamble? Students will recognize, discuss and define the importance of the Preamble and the concepts in the Preamble.
What do the other words in the Preamble mean?
What do you think the founding fathers meant when they wrote those three words? What do you think the phrase means to us today? Introduction Historical and Contextual Background Teachers note: Many students may not have formally studied the history of early America prior to the writing of the Constitution.
Through the lesson and the film clip from, We the People, students will enhance their understanding of what these three words mean historically. After years of struggle for independence from Great Britain, the men who would later be known as the Founding Fathers gathered in Philadelphia in to form a government that would not only strengthen the new nation but unify it.
Realizing that the country needed a stronger government than the one that had been established following the Revolutionary War, the founding fathers carefully considered what that government should stand for and then wrote the words that became the Constitution of the United States.
Procedure Introducing the Preamble Provide students with copies of the historical background reading, a copy of the Preamble and present the guiding questions to this lesson. An image of the Constitution could be projected as you discuss.
Share with students the learning outcomes for the lesson. Prepare students to view the clip, We the People Film. Ask students if there were images in the film clip that support their answer. To better understand our history and the intent of the document, it is important to understand the Preamble.
Continue the lesson by explaining to students: More than years ago the writers of the Constitution spoke and wrote differently than we do now.
In order to better understand the phrases of the Preamble to the Constitution, students will need to translate those words into words that make sense to them now or what we call our everyday language.
Can you think of any words or phrases that we commonly use today that our Founding Fathers would have trouble understanding and would need help with? Why would they have difficulty with some of our words and phrases? Take time to generate a list on the board and discuss why someone from the past might have trouble with the meanings.
Guide the class through an initial close read of the Preamble, asking students to read the document as if they were detectives.
Have students circle the words or phrases that they are not familiar with. Provide students with an underlined copy of the Preamble. Discuss the vocabulary words and have students write their own definitions for the words and create a visual to go with the word.It is our job to be honest in our classroom by telling the truth and returning things to their owner.
In writing this classroom constitution we promise to be respectful, responsible, safe, and honest students during our time in fifth grade.
Creating a Classroom Constitution.
By completing teamwork activities and writing a classroom constitution, students will learn why we have rules at home, at school, and in the broader community. Grade. Duratio n. 2 Weeks. Appears in These Collections. Collection. We the People: A Constitutional Approach to Classroom Rules By Alycia Zimmerman.
Grades 1–2, 3 Writing Our Constitution. At last it is time to write our Classroom Constitution that we will all be expected to uphold during the school year. My students really get into the spirit of this activity, embracing some of the flowery language of.
We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz, a power point presentation, and the creation of a flip book, students will understand the challenges surrounding the creation of the Constitution, what the Constitution says, and what it actually.
Constitution Day activities: FREE 2 scrolls perfect for Constitution Day writing prompts. Students can also write their own classroom Constitution, Bill of Rights, or class contract.
Teachers note: Many students may not have formally studied the history of early America prior to the writing of the Constitution. This lesson is designed to introduce students to civic education through the words, “We the People” and to help students to understand the language of our founding documents.