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The U.S. Constitution: 3 Branches of Government

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The Constitution of the United States is the highest law in our country.  It is what creates the governments that we have learned about, and also explains how our government works.   (As you'll remember, it replaced the Articles of Confederation, and created a more-balanced, federal system of government in which power is shared between the federal (national/U.S. government) and the state governments.)

The Constitution can be divided into three sections:

The Preamble, which introduces it, saying where the government gets its power as well as what the government is trying to accomplish;

The Articles, which create the 3 branches, federalism, and rules on amendments, debt, and ratification; and

The Amendments, which begin with the Bill of Rights (1st - 10th Amendments) and go all the way to the 27th Amendment.


I created this handmade chart to show you how the Constitution is ordered, as well as what each section creates (or amends)!



Three Branches Drag & Drop




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