This common-core standards-based digital or paper project is designed to serve as a cumulative assessment of students' knowledge of the Constitution. This project elevates students' thinking by having them evaluate how well the Constitution itself as well as our existing government live up to the goals expressed in the Preamble. The essay is "deconstructed" in that the template provided breaks down each component of the writing task.
Using the directions and template, both of which are provided as .doc files as well as Google Docs, students showcase their research and conclusions about how well their choice of three goals listed in the Preamble are being met. Students can draw upon primary sources such as the Federalist Papers (as one example) or current events news articles. Students are required to use evidence from the Constitution itself as well. The template includes a works cited page for crediting websites where students found their information.
I like to push the directions and template out through Google Classroom but you could also simply use the links which, when accessed, require users to automatically make their own copy that is stored in their Google Drive. Students would then have to individually "share" their completed deconstructed essays with you.
Rubric is included.
To see a completed student example (minus the works cited page, which is a new addition), go to: https://goo.gl/lTV8lx
*I used a font called "US Declaration" that is available to download for free from www.dafont.com.