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The Preamble

A description of the goals of the U.S. Constitution as listed in the Preamble. Discussion forum questions are included at the end of the presentation.
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Sharla Tenberg

on 3 November 2016

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Transcript of The Preamble

The Preamble
Do you know
Easy enough for a four-year old to remember...
...but many adults don't have a clue!
The preamble is the introduction to the Constitution.
Goals of the Constitution
The Preamble lists six goals that the Framers had for our government.

Here's a song that helps some people remember the Preamble
Article 1 sets up the legislative branch of government. The legislative branch makes laws for the nation.
Article 3 establishes the judicial branch, in which courts interpret the nation's laws.
One of the government's jobs is to help keep the peace here in the United States.
The U.S. has five different military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard). The President is the "commander in chief" of the military.
The government should be concerned about the rights of all its citizens, including future generations.
Laws made by the government should help people have better lives, not make it harder for them to live.
Discussion Board
Choose one of the questions below to answer on your discussion board post this week:
Of the six goals listed in the preamble, which one is the most important? Why? Give examples.

Are there any goals listed in the preamble that you feel aren't being met? What are they? Give examples from news stories or from personal experience (anecdotes) that support your evaluation.

What can "We the people" do to make sure the government meets these goals? Give examples.
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