*Understand the purpose of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
*Explore their beliefs and ideas about the phrase “to form a more perfect Union.”
*View a film clip from Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union and curated excerpts from the Interview Archive that expand understanding of Obama’s vision of a more perfect union.
*Analyze the rhetorical devices he used to unify Americans around a shared history and vision of a more perfect union.
*Synthesize their learning by completing The More Perfect Union Venn Diagram for this lesson.
Materials: Listed in order as they appear in the lesson
Teacher Note: All handouts can be copied as PDFs or uploaded to a shared online platform.
-Equipment to screen film clips and interview threads curated for this lesson
-Clips from Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union
- One: Film Clip Transcripts
- Two: Full transcript, 2004 Democratic National Convention speech
- Three: Interview Transcripts
- Four: The More Perfect Union Venn Diagram
Length: Two 55-minute class periods