First, we read We the Kids: The Preamble to The Constitution of the United States by David Catrow. It's a really cool book that uses kid-friendly images and language to explain the Preamble.
There's also a video with the same title as the book that can be used as a refresher later in the year. It has the exact information and language in it that the book uses, but it's just a nice visual reminder for the students.
We use a graphic organizer to break down the robust vocabulary of the Preamble.
I have an extension activity set up for students needing a challenge. These students work in small groups to take a sentence or phrase, rewrite it in their own words and illustrate the main idea.
My complete lesson plans for Constitution Day include:
~The Virginia Reading and Writing Standards and objectives associated with the activity
~Mentor text/video suggestion
~Prewriting activity suggestions (anchor chart, graphic organizer)
~Graphic organizer of robust vocabulary from the Preamble
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