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SS.7.C.1.6 - The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution


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What You Need to Know:

Student Reading Review for SS.7.C.1.6

Interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will explain how the Preamble serves as an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, establishing the goals and purposes of government. Read more!
  • Students will identify the goals and purposes of government as set forth in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution (i.e., form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity). Read more!
  • Students will recognize that the intention of the phrase “We the People” means that government depends on the people for its power and exists to serve them. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which part of the U.S. Constitution states the six purposes of government?

A. Bill of Rights

B. Article IV

C. Preamble

D. Article I


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

In the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, what is the meaning of the phrase "We the People"?

A. The people express their will through political parties.

B. The people express their will by directly creating laws.

C. Government receives taxes from the people and exists to support them.

D. Government receives its power from the people and exists to serve them.


Example Three (High Complexity)

The statement below is from a historical document.


How is this statement reflected in the modern American political system?

A. Voters elect Congress members.

B. The Electoral College elects Congress.

C. Congress enforces policies.

D. The president enacts policies.


C.1.6 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • The purpose of the Constitution (total length 2:37, start at 1:07) from The Constitution and Constitution Day: A Beginner's Guide

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Check out this one page Guide to the U.S. Constitution!


Textbook Review


Chapter 3, Section 1 - p. 86-91