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Students can delve into how Thomas Jefferson's words in the Declaration of Independence changed history.
High schoolers assess the role of the Declartion of Independence in the development of the American Revolution. They examine the role of the Declaration of Independence as part of the American identity. Students analyze the argumentative structure of the Declaration of Independence.
Students reflect on the Declaration of Independence.  For this U.S. History lesson, students read the Declaration of Independence then complete an activity and worksheet on the topic.
Students review the Declaration of Independence through the eyes of two historians. In this Declaration of Independence lesson, students view the Declaration of Independence Preamble and discuss the points of view of historians. Students complete a worksheet relative to the points of view.
Budding historians read six documents related to grievances that led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence. They then craft an essay in which they discuss the perspective of both the colonists and the king. This DBQ could be used as a practice test for the US History AP exam. 
Fifth graders participate in a discussion about the Declaration of Independence.  In this Declaration of Independence lesson, 5th graders write imaginary stories in the voice of a member of the committee at Independence hall. Students answer questions as the committee member.
Learners analyze the Declaration of Independence. They identify and describe various sections of the document then discuss how the colonists responded to it. As a culminating activity, they write their own declarations of independence as if they we were under the rule of harsh authorities. While the link provided for the document analysis worksheet is not functioning, the sheet is attached on the final page of the packet. 
Taking on the roles of a fiery Boston patriot, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a prominent abolitionist, your young historians will consider the reactions of these early Americans to the creation of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Emancipation Proclamation respectively. They will then write letters to convey their particular point of view, and conclude by researching the famous Americans those characters actually represented.
Learners identify and examine the Declaration of Independence and ascertain its true intent and its eventual realization. Then they analyze the Declaration of Independence and summarize the intentions of the Declaration. Students also evaluate the degree to which public policies and citizen behaviors reflect or foster the stated ideals of a democratic republican form of government.
Learners examine the Declaration of Independence. In this colonial America lesson, students read literature regarding the document as well as excerpts of the document itself. Learners also perform a Reader's Theatre script based on the signing of the document.
Students study the Declaration of Independence and the process our founding fathers went through to get it written and signed. They analyze other similar historical documents and draft and present their own declarations.
Students identify and interpret the Declaration of Independence and the rights and privileges demanded in the document. They also identify how those rights and privileges have affected our history. Students then research about the reluctant author of it, Thomas Jefferson, and prepare an oral report paraphrasing an excerpt of the Declaration of Independence.
Students research philanthropists of the American Revolution. In this philanthropy instructional activity, students watch the video Johnny Tremain and analyze the characters and determine their motives. Students read the Declaration of Independence and discuss how citizens can act as philanthropists because of it. Students research the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Twelfth graders take a closer look at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 12th graders discuss the meaning of the document as well as the risk involved in signing it. Students then research information about each of the signers and then role play a discussion that may have taken place among the signers.
Students discover how the Declaration of Independence transformed from a draft to a treasured historical document. In this Declaration of Independence lesson, students discuss the context in which Jefferson wrote the document and analyze its meaning.
Tenth graders consider the implications of declaring independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders discuss citizenship and then complete a handout that requires them to analyze the Declaration of Independence.
So, what does the Declaration of Independence even mean? Learners of all ages paraphrase the Declaration of Independence in modern terms. They work as a group or class to paraphrase the language of the Declaration of Independence. There are accommodations for specific grade levels. 
Students analyze the Declaration of Independence. In this argument for independence lesson, students analyze the British wrongs as listed by the writers. Students create a PowerPoint with rationale and support for their selections on natural rights and freedoms. 
What does it mean to say that a right is unalienable? How did the founding fathers convey this revolutionary concept in the Declaration of Independence? Engage in a close reading and analysis of the Declaration of Independence, and through careful study of the text consider the universal principles that would form the foundation of a nation.

New Review Human Rights

What basic rights are guaranteed to all Americans? Do citizens, legal aliens, illegal aliens, and minors all have the same rights? Should individuals all over the world enjoy the same rights? Class members read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of a unit study of the responsibilities individuals have to uphold human rights. This first instructional activity in the series, focusing on the rights that all people are guaranteed, ends with the class drafting a Teenage Bill of Rights.

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