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U.S. Constitution Florida Constitution Structure of the Constitution How is each document structured? 1. Preamble 2. Articles 1-7 3. Amendments (the first 10 are referred to as the _______________ ____________________________). 1. 2. _________ Articles which are broken into ___________________. Wording of the Preamble Highlight words or phrases that are similar between the two documents in corresponding colors. 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. We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution. Purpose of the Constitution According to the preambles, why was each document written? Record the purposes that you think fit with each constitution. To establish laws To insure peace among the people To guarantee happiness for all To protect the people To establish the rights of the people To organize the government To establish the nation as a super power Organization of the Government What are the branches of government as outlined by each constitution? The Rights of the People Where in each document are the rights of the people outlined? Article _________: ____________________________ ____________________________ Sections 1- ________ Reflection Questions Using your notes from the lesson videos and the information from your comparison chart, answer the following questions in complete sentences. 1.What is one major similarity that you observe between these two important historical documents? 2.What is one major difference that you observe between these two important historical documents? 3.Look at the sections of Article X (Article 10) of the Florida Constitution. List five sections that cover topics unique to Florida (topics that are not covered in the U.S. Constitution). 4.Why do we need state constitutions?