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ErinGibbs

EDUC302/303A
ProfessionalLiterature2
ContentFocus
Inmysearchforsomeprofessionalliteraturetobasemyuniton,Icameacrossanarticle
byLindaMonkcalled
TheWordsWeLiveBy:TheConstitutioninContext.T
hisarticlecomes
fromthejournal
SocialEducation
.Withinthepagesofthearticle,sheindicateseducatorsasan
intendedaudiencebystatingwhatoneshoulddotobeginalessonontheConstitution.Aside
fromthis,thearticlecouldbereadbyanyonelookingforinformationonthePreambletothe
Constitution.
TheWordsWeLiveBy:TheConstitutioninContexti
sanarticleaboutthePreamblein
particular.Monkbreaksitdownafewwordsatatime,beginningwithwhatitmeanstobeWe
thepeople.SheexplainshowtheConstitutionwaswrittenandthatmanygroupsofpeoplehad
tofighttobecomeincludedinthosewords.Shemovesontoexplainthefollowingphraseswhat
theymeanttothedelegateswritingtheconstitutionandwhattheymeantoAmericanstoday.
LisaMonkwroteherarticlewiththepurposeofmakingthePreambletotheConstitution
clearandunderstandableforteacherandstudentsalike.Shespeaksofthewaysinwhich
Americansinterprettheoriginalwordsandhowthoseinterpretationsaredifferentthanthe
originalintentions,soIbelieveonepurposeforherwritingwastoclearupanyofthethingsthat
mayhavebeencloudyforsomepeople,especiallystudents.
ThisarticlehelpedmeshapemyunitontheBillofRightsbecauseithelpedmetoknow
whatkindsofbackgroundknowledgemystudentswouldhave,astheyhadlearnedthe
PreambleaswellassixofthetenamendmentswhenIbeganteachingthem.Itwasntmuchof
adirectinfluence,asmyunitdidnotfocusonthePreamble,butIthinkthatintermsofguiding
thediscussionmystudentswouldhaveaboutthewaysthingsaredifferenttodaythantheywere
inthe1700s,thisarticlehadanindirectbutpowerfulinfluence.

ErinGibbs
EDUC302/303A
ProfessionalLiterature2
ContentFocus
Monk, L. R. (2003). The words we live by: the constitution in context. Social Education,
67
(7), 381+.
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