We the People

The Story

We the People: The Constitution Of the United States by Peter Spier is an illustrated copy of the preamble or introduction to the US Constitution. Discover the meaning to these important words. Click HERE for the lesson plan.

The Questions

  1. Do you think it is important to have a written document that has all the rules of the nation in it? Can a country exist without a set of rules?
  2. Do you think it was easy to create the Constitution?
  3. Who do you think wrote the Constitution? How do you think they were chosen and do you think other people should have had a say in the writing of the Constitution? Why or why not?

The History

So what does the following mean?

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, 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.

  • Establish Justice: ensures that the new government would treat its citizens fairly, and to avoid the unfair conditions created by the King of England prior to the American Revolution.
  • Insure Domestic Tranquility: referred to the new government’s commitment to keep peace within America’s borders.
  • Provide For The Common Defense: to keep the states safe from the threat of foreign nations (other countries) by ensuring there was a national military (army, navy, etc).
  • Promote The General Welfare: shows that the new government was concerned with making sure its citizens had their basic needs met (like ensuring people had adequate food, housing,and education).
  • Secure The Blessings Of Liberty To Ourselves And Our Posterity: a promise to promote a free and fair system of government that would protect citizens’ freedoms, along with those of future generations.
  • Do Ordain And Establish This Constitution For The United States Of America: We declare this document to be the new laws of our new country, the United States of America .

The Activities

Give this craft a try and practice making your own sampler.

  1. Create your own Constitution or set of rules or motto for your household. What rules do you think you need for your family to be successful, what do you want your family to stand for? Ask family members for their input and figure out a way for you to all have input – do all agree or do you need to have some debate and compromise?

– When you have settled on the words for your Constitution, write them up or print them up nicely, add artwork if you wish and remember to have all the members of your household sign it!