Close Reading and Constitution Day


This post was written for Week 2 , Activity 5 of the Student Blogging Challenge.

This year we have been practicing close reading and learning how to annotate text. We are finding that when we read things closely and carefully, we learn a lot more!

It is Constitution Day in our country on September 17, so in social studies this week we did a close reading of an article about the Constitution of the United States. Here are some things we learned:

  • It took a long time for people to agree about what should be in the Constitution. The Constitution was finally signed on September 17, 1787.  
  • The U.S. government has three branches which work together to run the country. There is not just one person who is in charge of everything.
  • In George Washington’s own copy of the Constitution, he wrote the word “President” in the margins next to the sentences that talked about things that were his job. He annotated text as he read, just like we do!
  • The beginning part of the Constitution is called the Preamble.

We read the Preamble and talked about what it means. Here is a video of a group of us reciting the Preamble.

Constitution Day 2013 from S Hamman on Vimeo.

What have you learned from reading a text closely?


  1. Wow! That’s awesome miss you Mrs. Hamman wish I was still in your class!

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