This exemplar allows for an in-depth look at three of the most highly charged words in the Constitution and offers a brief history of how the phrase “We the People” has been interpreted. Suitable for both ELA and History classrooms, students will examine the author's arguments and, through writing, develop their own theories about the Preamble. The exemplar provides specific guidance to teachers for evaluating student writing and contains an activity for small student groups of mixed ability. Common Core Standards: RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.5, RI.8.6; W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.9.
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