Unit Reflection:

Establishing the Ideals

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.

Topics Covered:

      The Enlightenment

Colonial America: traditional vs. social history - A Peoples History (Zinn 4-6)

The Road to Revolution

The Articles of Confederation

Federalist vs. Anti Federalist

      The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution

The Bill of Rights


The Patriot Act

Reflection: How has your understanding of the American ideal changed?

Now that we have finished the Establishing the Ideal unit, you are required to look back at it and examine how your understanding of the American ideal has changed. Look back at our topics: The Enlightenment philosophers' influence on the founding fathers and US government; Common Sense, Plain Truth, Loyalists, The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist/Anti Federalist arguments, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Zinn and the Patriot Act.  What have you learned about these issues? Reflect on our class activities and your homework: How has your understanding been shaped? In what ways have you most effectively learned? Which activities were most difficult for you and why? What questions are you left with? And, importantly, which ideals do YOU believe are the American ideals based on this unit study? Why?

Respond to questions in bold first - your response should be no more than 3 pages. MLA format.