United States: Government


World Cultures North America United States: Government
Students are introduced to the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Preamble. Then they explore how the Constitution divides up government power into three branches in the United States. Next, students learn about the history of voting rights in the United States and consider the current state of voting rights. Finally, students research and compare the role of U.S. citizens with that of citizens from another country.

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In this experience, students are introduced to the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Preamble. Then they explore how the Constitution divides up government power into three branches in the United States. Next, students learn about the history of voting rights in the United States and consider the current state of voting rights. Finally, students research and compare the role of U.S. citizens with that of citizens from another country.

Objectives:

  • Describe the United States’ constitutional, limited government.
  • Describe the nature of citizenship in the United States.
  • Compare the roles of American citizens with citizens of other countries.


Have you ever heard the phrase “We the People”? Do you know what it is referring to? These are the first three words of the United States Constitution, the document that established the government and laws of the country. In this experience, you will explore several elements of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. government.

Objectives:

  • Describe the United States’ constitutional, limited government.
  • Describe the nature of citizenship in the United States.
  • Compare the roles of American citizens with citizens of other countries.




Scene at the Signing of the Constitution, by Howard Christy



Write down two things you learned from this video that you didn’t know before.

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Discuss student responses. Ask them to explain what the Constitution was designed to do. (Keep people free.) 


The preamble of the U.S. Constitution says:


We the people,
In order to form a more perfect union,
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility,
Provide for the common defense,
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.


As a class, discuss what you think some of these phrases mean:

  • perfect union
  • domestic tranquility
  • common defense
  • general welfare
  • blessing of liberty


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