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

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

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

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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

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Additional Resources

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


Textbook Review


Chapter 3, Section 1 - p. 86-91