The Constitution

Topic: What is the constitution?

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand the purpose and basic principles of the U.S. Constitution.


  • Copies of the U.S. Constitution
  • Pencils and paper for students to take notes


  • Ask students if they know what the U.S. Constitution is.
  • Ask students if they know what the U.S. Constitution is for and what it protects.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain to students that the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States.
  • Explain that the Constitution spells out the powers of the federal government and the rights of the people.
  • Explain that the Constitution was written to make sure that the government works the way it is supposed to and that it protects the rights of the people.

Guided Practice

  • Have students work in small groups to complete a handout that asks them to identify and explain key elements of the U.S. Constitution.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose one element of the Constitution that they find particularly interesting or important, and create a project (e.g., a poster, a presentation, a skit) that explains the significance of their chosen element and helps others understand its importance.


  • Review the key components of the Constitution and their importance to the functioning of our government.
  • Ask students to reflect on what they have learned about the Constitution and how it affects their everyday lives.
  • Encourage students to share their thoughts on the Constitution with family or friends.


  • Observe students during the group activity and the independent practice activity to assess their understanding of the components of the Constitution and their ability to apply this knowledge in a real-world context.
  • Collect and review the written projects to assess students' understanding of the importance of the Constitution and their ability to effectively communicate their thoughts on the topic.

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