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Basics of the Constitution
Basics of the Constitution
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Basics of the Constitution

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The Goals of the Preamble, Principles of the Articles, and Description of what Amendments are.

The Goals of the Preamble, Principles of the Articles, and Description of what Amendments are.

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  • 1. Framework of the U.S. Constitution: The Articles, Principles, and Goals of the Constitution
  • 2. Articles of the Constitution
    • Preamble – Not an article, but introduces them
    • I – Gives Powers to Congress
    • II – Gives Powers to President/Executive
    • III – Gives Powers to Judicial
    • IV – Relations between states
    • V- Amending the Constitution
    • VI – Constitution is Supreme
    • VII – Ratifying the Constitution
  • 3.
    • No, Not Mr. Windsor!
    • That’s a Principal, as in princi pal
  • 4.
    • Something – a rule or saying – that you live by.
      • Treat people the way you want to be treated.
      • Win, or die trying.
      • Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
      • R-E-S-P-E-C-T – find out what it means to me!
  • 5. Principles of our Government (carried out throughout the 7 Articles of the Constitution)‏ 1 - Popular Sovereignty – the idea that a government gets control from the people . 2 - Limited Government – the idea that the government only has the powers listed in the Constitution, and all must obey. 3 - Federalism – power is divided and shared between the states and a national government.
  • 6. More principles…
    • 4 - Separation of Powers – the government is divided into 3 branches:
      • Legislative: writes the laws.
      • Executive: enforces the laws.
      • Judicial: interprets the laws/makes sure they are fair.
    • 5 - Checks and Balances – each branch has the power to “check” or limit the others.
  • 7. Last principles: 6 - Republic – instead of taking part in the government directly (direct democracy), the people elect representatives to carry out their will (through a representative democracy ). 7 - Individual Rights – the government promises to protect our natural rights , such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, trial by jury, right to protect yourself, and protection from unlawful police action.
  • 8.
    • It’s a statement introducing an important document.
      • Sets the tone, describes what the doc is all about
    • Think of our school – what would the “mission statement” of Lakeview Junior High be?
      • What would that statement tell you about our school?
    • The Constitution’s lists:
      • Form a more Perfect Union.
      • Establish Justice.
      • Ensure Domestic Tranquility.
      • Provide for the Common Defense.
      • Promote the General Welfare.
      • Secure the Blessings of Liberty.
    • What do these tell you about our Constitution, and therefore our government?

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