After the Revolutionary War, when the
thirteen colonies had won their independence from Great Britain, a plan
for the new nation was needed. In 1787, fifty-five delegates, or leaders,
met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to write the U.S.
Constitution. The writers of the Constitution wanted to make sure
that the new nation and its citizens would be free and independent.
The Constitution is a written document that tells about the rights and freedoms of the
American people. The U.S. Constitution tells how the United States
government works. It is the rule book of America.
The introduction, or beginning words, of
the U.S. Constitution are called the Preamble. It tells the reasons
why the Constitution was written. The Preamble begins with the
words, "We the people..."
The Constitution states that the U.S.
government shall have three branches, or parts. The three branches
of government in the United States are the President, Congress, and the
Supreme Court. They work together to run the country.
The Constitution also has a Bill of Rights,
which are the first ten amendments in the Constitution. The Bill of
Rights protect the rights of all U.S. citizens. Freedom of speech is
one of these protected rights.
The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution are
sometimes called the "Founding Fathers". Some of these men were
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison. The
original Constitution is kept in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Use the above information to complete the
1. The U.S.
written in 1787.
2. The Constitution was written in
3. The writers of the Constitution
wanted to make sure the new nation and its citizens would be
4. The Constitution tells how the
5. The Preamble or beginning of the
Constitution begins with the words, "
6. The Constitution states that the
U.S. Government will be run by the President,
the Supreme Court.
7. The Bill of Rights protects the
all U.S. citizens.
8. The men who wrote the Constitution
are the called the "
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