Learn how the American idea of government evolved from a revolutionary response to monarchy to a union of states. The sources will illustrate the effort taken to reach “a more perfect union” through a close read of our founding documents. Students will dig into the preambles and introductory text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.



Students will be able to...

  • Articulate the evolution of the goals and purpose of American government.
  • Connect the context of the documents and the authors' stated expectations for government.
  • Explain the role of popular sovereignty, consent of the governed, and rights in the development of American government.
  • Use evidence from informational texts to support analysis and answer questions.