The complete, official text of the Constitution of the United States, including all 27 amendments (the 10 amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights plus the 17 other amendments). The document is divided into two sections so teachers can use which portion they need: the original nine articles, including the names of the signers, are in the first eight pages, so teachers can produce copies of just the original text if they choose; the amendments, including the Bill of Rights, are in the remaining seven pages if the complete document is to be read or studied.
A number of study helps are incorporated into the handout to help students make sense of the document. Superseded, expired, or obsolete portions of text are indicated by italics. Explanatory notes, including the purpose of each of the original nine articles as well as the purpose and approval and ratification dates of each of the amendments, are in sans serif type to distinguish them from the document's official text. Footnotes cross reference the text of the original nine articles with the amendments to show how amendments have changed the Constitution over time.
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.
The document's title as well as country and year of publication are clearly indicated, with page numbers and the document's title on all pages to help students keep the handout organized. Space is provided for students to write their name on their copy in the upper right-hand corner of the first page.