America's Founding Preambles
Learn how the American idea of government evolved from a revolutionary response to monarchy to a unified nation. The sources will illustrate the effort taken to reach “a more perfect union” through a close read of our founding documents. Students will dig into the preambles and introductory text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.
- Articulate the evolution of the goals and purpose of American government.
- Connect the context of the documents and the authors' stated expectations for government.
- Explain the role of popular sovereignty, consent of the governed, and rights in the development of American government.
- Use evidence from informational texts to support analysis and answer questions.