Week 4 – Thursday, Summer 2020

Reading and Civics

The constitution is the most important law of the United States.

That is what we mean when we say the constitution is the supreme law of the US.

The Constitution has the idea of self-government in the first three words.

Self-government means a government by the people, of the people, and for the people.

It means we have a democracy, and we elect representatives.

The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? –> We the people

Before the Constitution, the US didn’t have a clear system. States did not agree about important things like money, the military, or elections.

The Constitution was a plan to set up the government. It explains the system of government.

What does the Constitution do? –> It sets up the government.

The founding fathers were leaders who started the United States. They met in 1787 to write a new constitution for the US.

When was the Constitution written? –> 1787

This meeting was called the “Constitutional Convention.”

What happened at the Constitutional Convention? –>The founding fathers wrote the constitution.

After the constitution was written, every state had a vote about it.

Alexander Hamilton wrote the Federalist Papers. They explained why the US needed this constitution.

The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. –> Alexander Hamilton


Review of vocabulary:

Part 12, Questions 6-10

  1. Have you ever failed to file your federal or state taxes?
  2. Do you owe any federal or state taxes?
  3. Since you became a resident have you ever called yourself a nonresident on your taxes?
  4. Have you ever been a member of an organization, party, club, or society in any country?
  5. Have you ever been a member of the communist party?
    • Have you ever been a member of any other totalitarian party?
    • Have you ever been a member of a terrorist organization?