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A reading comprehension lesson on the American Constitution.
 

THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

 

A reading comprehension lesson on the Constitution. This lesson includes an in depth look at how the Constitution was formed, what it says, how the U.S. government is set up, and lists a brief overview of the Bill of Rights. Includes a printable teaching lesson worksheet.

 

Suggested Grades:

5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

 

Teaching Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will be able to demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION LESSON

 

Directions:

Print The Constitution reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the story silently, then answer the questions about the story that follow.

 

Excerpt from passage

The Constitution is a document that contains the most important laws of America. When laws were being created, the Constitution was formed. All other laws come from the beliefs listed in the Constitution. This document was created to explain how the government is supposed to work.

This document explains all about the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court. The U.S. Constitution protects America as a whole. There is also a special state Constitution for each state in the United States. Of course, even though each state has a Constitution, the US Constitution is higher. It is the highest law in the land.

Sometimes things in the Constitution will need to be changed. When this happens, the change is documented as an amendment. The first ten amendments in the Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights. These amendments all deal with rights for the people in America. This means that people have special rights and that the government cannot take away those rights.

The Constitution was written over 200 years ago! It was introduced in 1787 right after it was written. The Constitution was written by a group of men known as the framers. In this group were many important men. They included Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington.

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The Constitution Lesson

Print this worksheet for this reading lesson.

 Includes reading comprehension passage, questions, and answers.

 

 

 

 

 

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