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posted Feb 22, 2013, 5:59 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 22, 2013, 6:03 AM ]
Day 19--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain the basic structure of Article 1 of the US Constitution.
  I need to understand how the Constitution is organized and how it sets up the legislative branch of the United States.
I will develop an outline of Article 1 of the Constitution. This is a formative assessment. It should accurately show the basic organization of the Constitution so I can understand its details later on. 

Today we'll start with volunteers, if any, to recite the Preamble to the Constitution. (If you don't want to do it yet, you'll have the chance Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday next week)
Another aspect of this mini-unit is to participate in an online discussion dealing with different aspects of the Constitution. You can find the topics for that discussion online here and instructions for using the forum and the scoring for your participation can be found here
You should plan on posting your first 2 comments by the end of the day Monday, so feel free to get the ball rolling today or this weekend. 
Now, it's time to roll up our sleeves, and begin digging into the Constitution. 
Yesterday you started with a short outline of the Constititution. Open that document, so we can add to it.
Let's start with the Preamble. Does your outline name the six reasons for goverment. If not, you may want to add them, and you can do so by embedding a table within the table. You'll be doing this again soon, so let's learn how to do it now. 
  1. Open your outline.
  2. Place the cursor in the center column of the second row (the one titled "Preamble")
  3. Use the menubar at the top of the screen to choose "Table", then "Insert Row Below".  A new, empty row should appear.
  4. Place the cursor in the center column of your new row.
  5. Use the menubar at the top of the screen to choose "Table", then "Insert Table". Since you want to include all 6 reasons, you'll want a 1 x 6 table.
  6. Choose a 1 x 6 table, and you should see an embedded, 6 row table appear in the center of your table. (if you accidentally created a 5 row or 7 row table, or even something else, that's easily fixed, so don't worry about it). 
  7. Now that you've created your table, fill each row with a separate reason contained in the Preamble (Form a more perfect union, Establish justice, etc.)
Once you've finished wih the Preamble, it's time to repeat this process for Article I. Add a new row below the Article I row, then insert a table with enough rows for each of the sections in that Article. How many rows is that?

After everyone has the new table inserted, we'll work together to fill it with information about each of its sections

And start working on that Preamble! Translate it, memorize it, practice it. You might be one of those chosen to recite it on Monday. 
Peter Knowles,
Feb 22, 2013, 5:59 AM