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The US Constitution was ratified (________________________________) on June 21, ___________________________. It replaced the earlier set of rules, the Articles of Confederation (which were written in 1781, but gave Congress very little ________________________________).
The Preamble of the Constitution is the short introduction to the Constitution; it explains that the document proposes to establish a more perfect government complete with justice, tranquility, and liberty. It states, "We the ________________________________ of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect ________________________________, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common ________________________________, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The Constitution sets up the US government as a republic with three ________________________________ of government: the ________________________________ branch (which makes the national laws and consists of Congress), the ________________________________ branch (headed by the President), and the ________________________________ branch (which interprets the Constitution and laws, and consists of judges in courts). The Constitution sets up the power balance between ________________________________ and the Federal government, details how to add new states to the USA, tells how the Constitution can be amended, and enumerates requirements for ratifying (approving) the Constitution by the states.
Many amendments (________________________________ to the Constitution) have been made throughout the years. The first 10 amendments, called the Bill of ________________________________, were added in 1791; the Bill of Rights preserves the rights of the people, including the freedom of ________________________________ and religion, among others. So far, there have been ___________________________ amendments to the constitution.
The US Constitution has been the model for many countries' constitutions around the world. It is a great document that has withstood the test of time in creating a government that has functioned well for over 200 years while preserving individual liberty and justice.
Read about the US Constitution, including who wrote it, when it was written, and what it contains.
Write a short set of rules on how your classroom should be run, including how to form a group that makes rules, how to form a group to enforce the rules, and how to choose a leader (and what the leader's powers will be). Also include how to ratify your constitution (how to get it accepted).
Three Branches of the US Government - Graphic Organizers
In these printable graphic organizer worksheets, the student fills in the three branches of the US government as outlined in the US Constitution. Older students can add facts about the three branches and the duties and responsibilites of each.
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