The Preamble to the Constitution: A Close Reading Lesson

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"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union..." These familiar lines begin the Preamble to the Constitution, but do learners know what they mean? A close reading exercise takes a look at the language of the famous document. The instructional activity includes discussion questions and hypothetical scenarios to bring meaning to the document.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Rewrite the Preamble to the Constitution using modern language without changing its meaning
  • Discuss the relevance of the Preamble to modern times
Classroom Considerations
  • Print copies of the student worksheet and graphic organizer before beginning the lesson
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  • Separates the Preamble into smaller sections to aid with comprehension
  • Guide explains the key parts of the document
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