US CONSTITUTION

A WebQuest for 4th Grade (Social Studies)

Designed by
Antiqua Bradley


 
 

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page
 
 
 
 


Introduction

Although the forefathers of the United States worked hard to create the Constitution, some of the citizens are finding it hard to comprehend various parts of what they wrote.  They are misinterpreting the Preamble, the world is in trouble!  It is your job to try to help the people. 


The Task

You can start by rewriting the Preamble. You should try to rewrite it using the most simple words you can possibly find without changing the meaning.  Help save the world!

Preamble
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Transquility, Provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

By completing the process you will be helping so many people understand their duties as a USA citizen. You will also enhance your glossary,writing, and computer skills. 

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The Process

To accomplish this task you will be working in small groups of 3, to be chosen by your teacher, these are the assignments to be done:

Person #1:   You are to read the Preamble. Look up any word that you think someone 8 years old wouldn't understand. Replace the old words in the preamble with the new ones. 

 
 

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Person #2:  Your job is to find out who wrote the Preamble and notify him by letter informing him of the innocent changes. Use Microsoft Word to create the letter.

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Person #3:  Your job is to create an eye catchy publication that will allow you to get the newly revised copy of the Preamble to the citizens of the United States. (you could do a brochure, flyer, card, etc.)

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Even though each member has a different task, remember this is a group project. Before the publication can be created each member must have agreed to adopt the newly revised Preamble. (make sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors) Each group member should also read the letter to make sure it is written in the correct format and the words are polite.  After both of those steps are completed the publication should be approved by each group member before turning it in.

You will be turning in the Letter and Publication for a grade on Wednesday. Each member of the group name should appear somewhere on each of the documents.

You may use the following on-line resources to help you go through the process:

 http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/charters_of_freedom/constitution/constitution.html
 for more information about the constitution

 http://jobsearchtech.about.com/library/bl-block-letter-parts.htm
for more information on writing letters

http://www.worldatlas.com/clipart.htm
graphics for publications

Some other sources you can use would be:

  • dictionary
  • encyclopedia
  • the US Constitution

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Evaluation

You will be given a group grade so work really hard together!

 

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

The Preamble

 

majority of the preamble still resembles the original document.

 

few words are 
changed, partially resembles the original document 

most of the words are revised rarely resembles the original document

 

majority of the words are revised   rarely resembles the original document

 

Letter to     Forefathers

Letter format is incorrect, several errors appear, most requirements are not met.

 

Letter format is 
distorted a little, contains a few errors, some requirements are met.

Letter has correct format, very little errors, most of the requirements are met.

 

Letter has correct format, no grammatical or spelling errors, all requirements met.

 

Publication

 

There are no graphics, several errors, most requirements are not met.

 

Eye catchy graphics, few errors, some requirements are met.
 

 

 Eye catchy, graphics present,
very little errors, most of the requirements are met.

 Eye catchy, graphics present, no errors, met all requirements

 

 

Uses of Resources

 

No resources used

Used 1 resource

Used 2 resources

Used 3 or more resources

 

Overall Presentation

preamble, letter and publication shows no creativity, most requirements are not met

 

preamble, letter and publication shows little creativity, some requirements are met

 

preamble, letter and publication shows creativity, majority of requirements met

 

preamble, letter and publication exmplified lots of creativity, all requirements met

 

 



Conclusion

By completing this assignment you have had some experience in
 

  • using a dictionary to replace words
  • editing and proofreading skills
  • using on-line resources to research information
  • writing letters 
  • and using computer skills to make a publication. 


I hope you enjoyed this project!

Think About It Questions:

1. What was it really like to write official documents for the state?

2.  What official documents do you have at home that belong to you?

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Credits & References

I would like to thank the creators of all of the following sites for allowing me the opportunity to use your information:
 http://www.coolarchive.com/bars.cfm
for dividers
http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/charters_of_freedom/constitution/constitution.html
 for information about the constitution

 http://jobsearchtech.about.com/library/bl-block-letter-parts.htm
for information on writing letters

http://www.worldatlas.com/clipart.htm
graphics for publications

Social Studies Standard
http://www.doe.state.la.us/doe/publications/contents/ssstands.htm#E9E10

CIVICS: Citizenship and Government 
Students develop an understanding of the structure and purposes of government, the foundations of the American democratic system, and the role of the United States in the world, while learning about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 

Benchmark
C-1B-E1identifying basic principles of American constitutional democracy and explaining how the constitutions of the United States and Louisiana reflect these principles; 
(1, 3, 4, 5) 
 

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Last updated on July 6,2003. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page