Preamble - U.S. Constitution. This Preamble assignment will have students take the "old language" found in the Preamble and use a dictionary, thesaurus, or online source to figure out what message was trying to be explained when it was written. Students will then create a more contemporary Preamble that would be understood by the average person.
What's nice about this assignment is that it allows students to talk to each other while they are trying to figure out the meaning and decide on which words we use today mean the same as the words used back in 1787. Finding the meaning to the original words of the preamble builds upon their vocabulary and you will most likely hear them say afterward that they heard one of the words on a t.v. show, a movie, or saw one of them in a book they have read. It is one of those ways to continuously make connections from the past to the world they live in today.
Check out these other U.S. History/Government products:
The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence - Making Sense of the Phrases
Articles of Confederation - Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist Survey Included
Land Ordinance of 1785: What We Still Use From the Articles of Confederation
Cloze Style Quiz - The Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution
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