Part 1: Important Documents:
a ) Preamble to the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Find the definitions of these words: preamble, union, domestic, tranquility, welfare, posterity, and ordain.
What does the preamble to the constitution tell us about the purpose of the constitution?
b) The Bill of Rights Go to http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html.
Give one or more reasons why each of the amendments in the Bill of Rights were written.
c) Who wrote the constitution? When was it started and when was the last amendment added?
Part 2: Political Cartoons are usually made up of two essential parts.
1) The Caricature: A parody of the individual. To see what a caricature is go to http://www.magixl.com/heads/view.html. Find a picture of someone you could recognize. How is the picture different from what you usually see? Notice the exaggerated features.
2) The Insinuation: Creates the situation or context into which the individual is placed. Now go to http://cagle.msnbc.com/politicalcartoons/. Daryl Cagle creates political cartoons. Look at the cartoon about airport security and profiling on his home page. What does this picture hint at? What makes it funny? Why is it a satire of the situation?
Create a political cartoon about the American Revolution. Remember to exaggerate your characters and hint about the situation you choose.