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Preamble and Amendment Map Notes

Preamble: “We the People of the United States, 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.“—Preamble to the United States Constitution

Fill in the information below as you work through the Preamble slideshow in lesson 02.01: Words Make a Nation.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Preamble reduced to a simple sentence is:

Simple Sentence

The infinitive phrase is:

Purpose of the infinitive phrase in the sentence is:

Sentence Structure Features

Words which have been emphasized with a capital letter, without following the rule for proper nouns:

Why was the rule for capitalization broken?

Special Features

Words supporting peace:

Words supporting the defense against threats to peace:

Words relating to the past and future of the nation:

Word Choice

Who:

What they want:

Where:

When:

Why:

How: not answered in the Preamble

Message of the Preamble

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom on speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment I reduced to a simple sentence is:

Simple Sentence

The three complete participial phrases are:

  • respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

The supporting examples for each participial phrase are:

  • or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

The participial phrases all modify _______.

Sentence Structure Features

The semicolons serve the purpose of:

Special Features

Define the following as used in the sentence:

respecting

abridging

redress

grievances

Word Choice

Which basic rights are included in Amendment I?

Whose rights are these?

Message of Amendment I

 
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