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Preamble Breakdown. Preamble - An introduction *The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution provides an introduction to the Constitution. What is a Preamble?. So how does the Preamble Begin?. Click the picture to watch School House Rock’s Preamble (America Rock) video!

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Preamble- An introduction

*The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution provides an introduction to the Constitution.

What is a Preamble?

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So how does the

Preamble Begin?

Click the picture to watch School House Rock’s Preamble (America Rock) video!

From www.schooltube.com

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We the People of the United States,

Who are We the People ?

Every person in the United States

How is this statement an example of social contract?

The people agree to live under a government and have that government create laws all will follow.

In return, the people gain the protection of the government…

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…in order to form a more perfect Union,

What is a “Union” in context of the Preamble?

The “Union” refers to the United States.

How would you put “in order to form a more perfect Union”in your own words?

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…establishJustice,

What does “justice” mean?

Fairness; the act of applying or upholding the law

How would you put “establish justice”in your own words?

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…insuredomestic tranquility,

What does “tranquility” mean?

Peace

What does “domestic” mean?

Within a country

domestic + tranquility = ?

Peace within a country

How would you put “insure domestic tranquility”in your own words?

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…provide for the common defense,

What does “common defense” mean?

Security of all people

Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces

How would you put “provide for the common defense”in your own words?

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…promote the general Welfare,

What does “Welfare” mean in the context of the Preamble?

Well- being; the state or condition of being healthy, safe, happy, and/or prospering

So what would the “general Welfare”be?

The well-being of the community as a whole.

How would you put “promote the general welfare”in your own words?

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…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,

What does “posterity” mean?

All future generations

What does “liberty” mean?

freedom

How would you put “Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” in your own words?

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…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the

United States of America.

What does “ordain” mean?

Establish formally or by law

How would you put “Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”in your own words?