Annotating the Constitution


the preamble of a statute is a key to open the mind of the makers, as to the mischiefs, which are to be remedied, and the objects, which are to be accomplished by the provisions of the statute.

Justice Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution



The Preamble is the introduction to the United States Constitution, and it serves two central purposes. First, it states the source from which the Constitution derives its authority: the sovereign people of the United States. Second, it sets forth the ends that the Constitution and the government that it establishes are meant to serve.

  1. Summarize the contents of an Article into a title. Write it next to the Article.
  2. Draw a picture below each phrase that indicates a different purpose of government.

Important Extensions

Detailed Annotation Process


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