The US Constitution The documents six guiding principles


The Us Constitution is a written document based on theories, fundamentals, and beliefs for our country. The document was written so our country did not turn into a country we so hard to fight against for our independence. The Constitution was written during the Philadelphia Convention now known as the Constitutional Convention which began on May 25 and ended on September 17, 1787. It was signed on September 17, 1787.

Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty is the belief that government power come from the people. In the Preamble its explained that the people are the source of government power. The first words of the constitution are "We the people"

Limited Government

Limited government is the power that the constitution gives the government. Article 1 section 8 clause 1 states that the constitution is our contract for people to the consent of the form of powers of government. In addition article 1 section 9 clause 8 explains the powers the government have and doesn't have

Checks and Balances

Checks and balances claims each power of government can reject ideas of the other so not one branch is control of everything. An example of this is the House of Representatives can impeach the President. That's explained i article 1 section 2 clause 5. Also the President can make treaties with other nations and all treaties must be approved by 2/3 of the Senate.

Representative Government

Representative government claims that the citizens elect people to make laws this is explained in article 1 section 7 clause 3 where it states that people vote for the President, Senate, and House of Representatives. Another example is the President can only hold office for 4 year term and he can only do that twice that explained in article 2 section 1 clause 1.

Separation of Powers

Separation of powers is the belief that the government power is divided among 3 branches. The 3 branches are Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Article 1 section 1 clause 1 state that the Legislative power herein grant in a congress. That congress is made up of a Senate and House of Representatives. Article 1 section 8 clause 11 explains that only congress can declare war, and the President can't.


Federalism is the fact that the states government and the Federal government share power. That is explained in article 1 section 10 clause 1 that there are somethings that the federal government can do, and the state government cant. An example is congress can pass laws that gives powers to the state. That's explained in article 1 section 10 clause 2.


1. When was the Constitution written?

2. What do you think are the two most important principles?

3. What is one of the examples in Separation of Powers?

4. Do you agree with the Constitution six principles?

5. If you could change the Constitutions six principles what would you change?

6. What are the Constitutions first three words?

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