America's Founding Preambles


Learn how the American idea of government evolved from a revolutionary response to monarchy to a unified nation. 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. 



  • 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.