SS.7.C.1.6 Interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.

You will need to be able to:

  • Explain how the Preamble serves as an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, establishing the goals and purposes of government.
  • Identify the goals and purposes of government as set forth in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Recognize that the intention of the phrase “We the People” means that government depends on the people for its power and exists to serve them.

Key Terms:

Constitution – A document that contains the laws and principles by which the United States is governed

ordain – to official declare

posterity – future generation

preamble – the opening of the constitution that explains the purpose of the document

Learning Scale:

  • 4.0 I can interpret and analyze the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.
  • 3.0 I can interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.
  • 2.0 With help, I can interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution
  • 1.0 Even with help, I struggle to interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.

Block 1:

Use this Quizlet or Reading to interpret the Preamble. Break down each line and tell me in your own words what it means.

Quizlet to Learn the Key Phrases of the Constitution
Interpretation of the Preamble PDF

Block 2:

Watch this interactive power point. At the end you should be able to explain what the purpose of the Preamble is.

Interactive PowerPoint: Understanding the Preamble

Block 3:

Watch Mr. Raymond’s video to identify the goals and purposes of government as set forth in the Preamble of
the U.S. Constitution.

Test Your Knowledge:

Preamble Scramble Game: Put together the pieces of the Preamble
Preamble Quizlet #1
Preamble Quizlet #2