Lesson Plan

The Preamble to the Constitution - What Does It Mean... To You?

Students explore the Preamble to the US Constitution and then create a project that outlines what each of the goals means to them.
Stephanie Y.
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to... explain what the Preamble to the United States Constitution means in plain English, apply those ideas to their own lives and give examples of how those ideas can be seen in the everyday functioning of the country.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 - 12
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1 Introduction

Activity: Presenting

The teacher will read aloud the Preamble to the Constitution to the United State Constitution and lead a short discussion on what a preamble is and what this particular preamble might mean.

Move onto the idea that the Preamble explains the goals of the Constitution and of the government of the United States, but that the goals in the Preamble are very general and the meaning has changed over time, and may even differ from person to person today.

2 Hook

Activity: Broadcasting

Teacher will play "The Preamble" from Schoo House Rock! and continue the conversation about what the specific words of the Preamble might mean.

3 Brainstorming

Students will work in small groups to use Popplet to create a graphic organizer outlining each goal listed in the Preamble, vocabulary words they might not know, and a short explanation of what each goal means in the students' own words.

4 Creation

Students work alone to create a project in a form of their own to illustrate examples of the goals of the Preamble of the Constitution.  There should be an image included either of their own creation or accessed from the web, and also a short explanation of why they chose that image, either in spoken or written form.  

5 Wrap -up

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their projects in a format of the teacher's choosing, but being sure to explain their interpretation of the goals outlined in the Preamble.