Picture the Preamble
● The Picture the Preamble lesson is part of a unit covering governance establishing structures of power and authority in order to provide order and stability.
Background and Rationale
Students will demonstrate a clear understanding of each phrase of the Preamble of the US Constitution by providing visual representations and written reflections on the meaning of each phrase of the Preamble. This lesson is a continuation of TN social studies standard 4.0. We will refer to the summary created here as we continue to explore the Preamble. We will also use our outlines for a unit on creative writing.
|Given the text of the Constitution, TLW select graphic images that represent each phrase of the Preamble to the US Constitution with a score of three out of four on the rubric.||Comprehension|
|Given the selected images, TLW support the decision for selecting each graphic with a written rationale with a score of three out of four on the rubric.||Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis|
|Given a computer and word processing software, TLW write one or two paragraphs that demonstrates a clear understanding of the Preamble and what it means to her/him with a score of three out of four on the rubric.||Synthesis|
Creating (highest level)
Common Core / State and District Standards
- TN Social Studies – 4.4.02 Describe the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee State Constitution in principle and practice.
Technology Integration (ISTE) Standards
- 3.b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
Lesson – Introduction
Begin by displaying the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States on a large screen display, overhead, or whiteboard. Provide some brief background information about its purpose, authors, and when it was written. Give students a few minutes to silently read the Preamble; then have the class orally read the Preamble together. Follow this with a brief discussion pointing out that the Preamble may be a little difficult to understand because it is a fairly long and complex sentence.
Lesson Activities and Procedures
Students will make the additions to their prezi, as directed by the teacher. The teacher will instruct students to compose a paragraph on their prezi explaining how their new responses connected to or shifted from their initial responses.
Lesson – Closure
Students volunteer to share their Preamble reflections. At the end of class, the teacher collects reflections, checks for assignment submissions, and polls the class for questions.
Student Work Example