Preamble Writing

 

Preamble Writing

Recall the phrase from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution that you illustrated in class.  Title your paper with this phrase

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Explain your understanding of the meaning of this phrase as it relates to the goals of the US Constitution.

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Evaluate how well your illustration communicated the meaning of this phrase. Did you do well? Did you completely miss the point? How could you have done better?

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Review other illustrations of the same phrase (posted in hallway). Determine which illustration you believe most accurately communicates the meaning of the phrase. Be sure to use elements of their illustration in your description.

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Point out how you see the philosophy or underlying meaning of this phrase reflected in today’s society. Use examples from recent history, the news or your daily lives.

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Develop a concluding paragraph in which you criticize or defend a modern example of the government’s policies which they have justified using one of these phrases. (You may choose a different phrase but be sure and identify the phrase which you are discussing.)

Bonus Rewrite the complete Preamble in modern American English while preserving the meaning.

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

SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY

TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY

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