Anatomy of the Constitution

Lesson Plan

This lesson gives an article-by-article overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution. Students learn about the duties and powers of the three branches, the amendment process, and the role of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. (Note: Anatomy of the Constitution now includes content previously covered by the lesson Directions for Democracy.)

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Students will be able to:

  • Explain the structure, function, and powers of the U.S. government as established in the Constitution.
  • Identify the roles of the three branches of government.
  • Describe the constitutional amendment process.
  • Interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.