Preamble to the United States Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.

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The Preamble sets the stage for the Constitution. It clearly communicates the intentions of the framers and the purpose of the document. The Preamble is an introduction to the highest law of the land; it is not the law. It does not define government powers or individual rights.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.

The 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 defence, 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.

The Preamble Written Test

Write the Preamble on the lines below using correct spelling and capitalization. Each word of the Preamble is worth one point, but misspelling or not capitalizing it will deduct half a point.

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The Preamble Terms

Write the correct word or term next to its correct definition on each line below.

  1. introductory part of a statute stating the intent of the law
  2. the year that the U.S. Constitution was written
  3. States or nations united into one political body
  4. conformity to laws and to principles of integrity
  5. pertaining to ones own nation
  6. quietness; a calm state; freedom from disturbance
  7. fortification; guard; protection; security
  8. enjoyment of peace and prosperity; happiness
  9. succeeding generations
  10. to decree or institute

Terms

  1. Preamble
  2. 1787
  3. Union
  4. Justice
  5. domestic
  6. Tranquility
  7. defence
  8. Welfare
  9. Posterity
  10. ordain

Preamble Paraphrase and Summary

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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 Definitions

Review the Preamble Pretest and then write a short definition for each bolded term in the area below.

  1. We the People of the United States,
  2. in Order to form a more perfect Union,
  3. establish Justice,
  4. insure domestic Tranquility,
  5. provide for the common defence,
  6. promote the general Welfare,
  7. and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
  8. do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Preamble Paraphrase

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Preamble Summary

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Constitution of the United States of America

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
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The Preamble Videos

The Preamble Links

  • The Preamble sets the stage for the Constitution. It clearly communicates the intentions of the framers and the purpose of the document. The Preamble is an introduction to the highest law of the land; it is not the law. It does not define government powers or individual rights.
  • The Heritage Guide to The Constitution has numerous essays and lessons to help people of all ages better understand the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • Common Interpretation of The Preamble by Erwin Chemerinsky and Michael Stokes Paulsen examines the meaning of the introduction to the Constitution of the United States.
  • The Preamble to the Constitution is the introduction to the US Constitution, but it's so much more than that. In this video, Sal discusses the Preamble with Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.
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