The complete text of the Articles of Confederation, the United States’ first constitution. The articles themselves, including the preamble, the thirteen articles, and the conclusion, are on the first six pages, for efficient front-back printing on only three sheets of paper. The optional seventh page includes the eschatocol and list of signatories. Explanatory notes, set in sans-serif type to distinguish them from the original document text, explain the purpose of each of the thirteen articles.
The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Lines of text are numbered for easy reference in classroom discussion. A lined section on the right side of the page provides space for the reader to take notes. (These lines use the same spacing as college-ruled notepaper.) The handout is optimized for black-and-white printing and to save printer/photocopier ink/toner to reduce your printing costs.