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PREAMBLE PROJECT: WE THE PEOPLE

On September 19, Close Up will join Americans across the country to celebrate Constitution Day, a holiday that recognizes and remembers the signing of our founding document in Philadelphia in 1787.

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Are you an educator looking to fulfill your Constitution Day requirements with your students? Close Up is partnering with New Voice Strategies to offer the Preamble Project—free, immersive classroom materials for high school and middle school students that use an exploration of the Preamble to the Constitution to delve into such vital questions as: Who, in today’s America, are “We the People?” What aspirations inspire us? How do we pursue a “more perfect union?”

All materials will be released this summer in time for the lead-up to Constitution Day, including:

  • A series of lesson plans, each designed for a 45-minute class session

»  Examining the Preamble to the Constitution

»  Applying Values from the Preamble (Classroom Deliberation)

»  Envisioning a More Perfect Union (Group Project)

»  Securing a More Perfect Union (Project Presentations)

  • Documentary shorts and discussion guides exploring various aspects of the Preamble
  • Optional extension activities for community building, individual work, and classroom exchanges
  • An on-demand webinar that walks teachers through materials and lessons
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which grade-levels are eligible to participate?
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