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The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America written in 1787. See the fact file below for more information.
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 Constitution was written in 1787. A group of men, called the Framers, met to write the Constitution. They felt a set of rules were needed to govern the country. Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and James Madison were some of the more well-known framers of the Constitution. The Framers (members of Congress) met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. After much debate and a great deal of hard work they finally agreed to the words in the Constitution. After the Constitution was written the states had to approve it. It took some time for that to happen, but all of the states finally did.
- The United States Constitution divides the government into its three branches: the Executive Branch (the President), the Legislative Branch (Congress), and the Judicial Branch (Courts). The people elect the President, and the President enforces the laws. The people elect the members of Congress, and Congress makes laws. The members of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. The Court decides what the law means when there are questions.
- The Constitution describes the different powers given to each of these branches of government and talks about how they are supposed to function and work together. The constitution made sure that no single branch of the government could have too much power. This is called a system of “Checks and Balances”.
- The Constitution also outlines the procedures for going to war. It states that the President becomes the commander and chief of the country’s armies in a time of war.
- When the Constitution was written, the Framers knew that future generations would want to make changes. They wanted to make it possible to change the Constitution without needing to resort to revolution. They wanted to be sure the process wasn’t too difficult or too easy. To address this issue, the Framers added an amendment process. An amendment to the Constitution is a change that can add to the Constitution or change an older part of it. An amendment can even overturn a previous amendment, as the 21st did to the 18th. There are a few methods to amend the Constitution, but the most common is to pass an amendment through the Congress, on a two-thirds vote. After that, the amendment goes to the states, and if three-quarters of the states pass the amendment, it is considered a part of the Constitution and has been ratified. There have been 27 amendments to the constitution.
- The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. These 10 ammendments guarantee that the citizens of the United States have their rights protected. Here is a list of the Bill of Rights:
- Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Speech
- Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arm
- Amendment 3 – Quartering of Soldier
- Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure
- Amendment 5 – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Taking
- Amendment 6 – Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses
- Amendment 7 – Trial by Jury in Civil Case
- Amendment 8 – Cruel and Unusual Punishment
- Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution
- Amendment 10 – Powers of the States and People
- The actual United State’s Constitution was adopted on September 17th, 1787, in Philadelphia at the National Convention. The father of the Constitution was a man named James Madison.
- The original Constitution actually had a clause stating that slavery would be abolished in twenty years after its signing. The fact that this issue was not quickly resolved might have led to the civil war.
- The law is the set of rules that we live by. The Constitution is the highest law. It belongs to the United States. It belongs to all Americans.
- The first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added in 1791. The last amendment was added in 1992. Some of the most famous and important amendments say that all black men can vote. Another says that all women can vote. Another says that the President can only be elected twice. Here is a list of the remaining amendments:
- Amendment 11 – Judicial Limits
- Amendment 12 – Choosing the President, Vice President
- Amendment 13 – Slavery Abolished
- Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights
- Amendment 15 – Right to Vote
- Amendment 16 – Status of Income Tax Clarified
- Amendment 17 – Senators Elected by Popular Vote
- Amendment 18 – Alcohol Abolished
- Amendment 19 – Women’s Suffrage
- Amendment 20 – Presidential, Congressional Terms
- Amendment 21 – Amendment 18 Repealed
- Amendment 22 – Presidential Term Limits
- Amendment 23 – Presidential Vote for District of Columbia
- Amendment 24 – Poll Taxes Barred
- Amendment 25 – Presidential Disability and Succession
- Amendment 26 – Voting Age Set to 18 Years
- Amendment 27 – Limiting Changes to Congressional Pay
US Constitution Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use US Constitution worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the supreme law of the United States of America written in 1787
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included US Constitution worksheets:
Who am I?
Students are tasked with researching famous Framers and writing a brief description about them. ￼
Students are challenged to identify the specific amendment.
Writing task. Students must share their experience regarding their rights as a citizen of their country.
Fantastic writing skills task where students must interview a classmate in a reporter style narrative.
What is My Position?
Great task! As a citizen of your country you have the right to express your opinion regarding the different national issues. Students must answer the given questions and cite their arguments about it.
The Three Branches
Research and explain the three branches of the government as divided by the United States Constitution.
Painting analysis with a number of challenging questions.
Guess the missing words in a poem. Fill in the blanks style activity.
Fact or Bluff
In this activity, students must write whether the Constitution statement is True or False.
US Constitution Word Search
Students will tackle this US Constitution quiz in the form of a word search which students will complete using the knowledge gained from previous activities and quizzes.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding about the history of the US Constitution and its importance.
- Complete a number of quiz and fill in the blank activities to test their knowledge of the subject.
- Understand why the constitution was written and how it brought about change across the country.
- Have a key understanding famous framers and their involvement.
- Describe why the bill of rights was incredibly important for all United States citizens.
- Have experience of writing in a news reporter style. Key literacy skill.
- Create posters, interview candidates & write persuasive essays. Multiple core literacy skills are worked on and are the foundation of this study worksheet pack.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. If you need US Constitution worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.