A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro

A historical picture book, A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Giulio Maestro. An incredible way to introduce or provide another perspective on the writing of the United States Constitution. What I really enjoyed in this story, are the little details that were included within the story, things we do not think about. For example: it took delegates up to three weeks to arrive to Philadelphia due to poor weather and traveling by horseback, carriage, or ship; all of the arguing the delegates participated in, as they did not agree on plans; many stayed in the area for many months, not seeing their friends and family; and huge celebrations that took place in big cities when the Constitution became law, ratified by all 13 states.

At the end of the story, Maestro provides additional information about the Constitution: Preamble, Summary of the Articles of the Constitution, Signers of the Constitution, Table of Dates 1774-1791, Notes on the Connecticut Compromise, Interesting Facts about the Convention and the Delegates, Order and Dates of Ratification of the Constitution, and Summary of the Amendments to the Constitution. This additional information makes this book a useful reference for students to turn to when studying about the Constitution and can provide valuable information for a written or oral report.

In addition, this picture book supports 4th Grade ELA Literacy Common Core State Standards (Reading Standards for Informational Text).

  • RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
  • RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. 
  • RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
  • RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

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