Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S.  Constitution and analyze the Constitution's significance as the foundation of the American 

Introduction to the Constitution

What was the purpose of the Preamble? Download Lesson: Introduction to the Constitution

This 5th grade lesson is designed as an introduction to the study of the Constitution. The lesson’s focus on the language of the Preamble provides teachers with an opportunity to increase student reading comprehension and disciplinary understanding. Through a close reading of the Preamble, students can further develop their ability to compare and contrast documents and make their own historical interpretations.

Articles of Confederation

What were the Articles of Confederation? Why did they ultimately fail? Download Primary Source Set: Articles of Confederation

This source set allows students to study reasons why the Articles of Confederation were drafted, what their limitations were, and how these limitations led to the need for a stronger federal government.