Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Preamble of the Constitution: Sam's Paragraph

Mika and Sam's most recently writing assignment required them to write a paragraph explaining why, according to the founding fathers, the Constitution was written.  It was also an exercise in using transition words.

First, they had to go through the preamble, bit-by-bit, dissecting its meaning.  I helped Sam by wielding the thesaurus, looking up almost every word in it.  He used that discussion to determine what, exactly, each section of the preamble meant.  Then he wrote the rough draft, edited it, and wrote the final without help.

Here's what he wrote:

The Meaning of the Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”

In the Preamble, our founding fathers stated their reasons for writing the Constitution of the United States of America, which stated that they would be able to create a better country. Since they would have to make fair laws for the whole country, everybody would have to be treated fairly. In addition, they also had to make peace within the country to insure that civil war would not break out. Naturally, there would have to be a military to protect the borders while protecting the people. These things help make better lives. Our founding fathers, when they wrote it, wanted to make sure that there was and would be irrevocable freedom for them and future generations. In conclusion, the purpose of the Constitution was to name and set up the central government. The Constitution was necessary.

Considering that he's only 10 and writing isn't his natural strength, I think he did pretty well.

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