Task 1: Preamble
Open the file to the right titled "Preamble Breakdown Organizer" and follow the directions.
Follow along with the presentation shown in class. (attached to the right)
Task 2: Preamble Pic Collage
Task 3: Parents’ Constitution
WE, THE PARENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM MORE PERFECT FAMILIES, RAISE OBEDIENT CHILDREN, ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR OUR CHILDREN’S DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN, DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS PARENTS’ CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
II. Parents shall have the power to assign chores to their children and to punish children when the chores are not done properly.
III. Parents shall have the power to promote family togetherness even if this power interferes with their children’s social lives.
IV. Parents shall have the power to ask their children questions and to expect honest answers.
V. Parents shall have the power to make all decisions about family spending, including the power to restrict children’s spending on unproductive or harmful items.
VI. Parents shall have the power to decide how much time their children’s friends can spend with their child.
Answer the questions below:
2. In this metaphor, who does the “Parent” stand for and who does the “student” stand for in History?
3. PREDICT: What might the American people want added to the Constitution?
Task 4: Federalist/Anti-federalists statements
The creation of the Constitution entailed hours of debate and compromise, and even when it was completed, some delegates were unhappy with it. The task of fixing the flawed Confederate government was not complete yet; each state had to ratify, or approve, the Constitution. Basically, people divided into two groups, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.
*The Anti-Federalists did not want to ratify the Constitution. Basically, they argued that:
- It gave too much power to the national government at the expense of the state governments.
- There was no bill of rights for the people.
- The national government could maintain an army in peacetime.
- Congress, because of the 'necessary and proper clause,' wielded too much power.
- The executive branch held too much power.
*The Federalists, on the other hand, had answers to all of the Anti-Federalist complaints. Among them:
- The separation of powers into three independent branches protected the rights of the people. Each branch represents a different aspect of the people, and because all three branches are equal, no one group can assume control over another.
- A listing of rights can be a dangerous thing. If the national government were to protect specific listed rights, what would stop it from violating rights other than the listed ones? Since we can't list all the rights, the Federalists argued that it's better to list none at all.
For example, for any statement below you think describes a Federalist’s viewpoints, you would write that into the “Federalist” column. If you think the statement describes both Anti-federalists and Federalists, then you would write that statement into the “Both” column.