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Explore the Declaration of Independence in this US History lesson. Middle schoolers compare and contrast viewpoints of the Loyalists and the Patriots as they discuss the issue of colonial independence from Britain. They present support for both groups using a debate format, and then they come to a consensus about how the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a positive step in US history.
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.
Students 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.
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.
“Was the writing of the Declaration of Independence an inevitable event?” Class members tackle this question as they read online chapter 1 of Carl Becker’s The Declaration of Independence: A Study on the History of Ideas. Then, after examining the rhetorical organization of this famous document, individuals adopt the same structure and craft their own 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.
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.
After identifying the key principles at the heart of the Declaration of Independence (consent of the governed, representative government, limited government, the social contract, the basic rights of humankind, the ideal of equality among the people of the world), groups create a children’s version of the Declaration of Independence accessible to third graders. First, they craft a one-page summary of their section of the document. Next, using large, simple text, they illustrate their page with images and symbols appropriate for their audience. The pages are then assembled into a children’s book on the Declaration.
Students 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.
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 conduct inquiries and research-acquiring, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating facts, themes, and general principles operating in American history. They use the Declaration of Independence to formulate the historical question: What should I expect to see in a constitutional government according to the standards set forth in the US Declaration of Independence.
Students research philanthropists of the American Revolution. In this philanthropy lesson, 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.