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On the Road to Revolution: Creating a Living Timeline

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Divided into nine topic groups, from the Proclamation of 1763 to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, your young historians will research major events on the road to the American Revolution and then create a 2-3 minute sketch explaining...
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Our Responsibilities

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The fourth in a five-lesson unit examining human rights and personal responsibility asks class groups to investigate a current rights issue, and using the provided graphic organizer, summarize the issue, consider which rights are being...
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A Just War or Just a War?

For Teachers 8th Standards
What, if anything, makes a war "just"? This is an interesting and important question to explore with your class, and you can utilize an excellent lesson plan to support your group inquiry. The American Revolution and the War of 1812 are...
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Cumulative Review: Social Studies

For Students 9th - 10th
Have you just finished teaching chapters 1-5 of your social studies book and are ready to test your class? If so, you are in luck! Here is a well-organized cumulative review that covers multiple topics, main ideas, and vocabulary related...
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The Two Sides of the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 11th - 12th
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...
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US Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Think about the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence with your budding historians. They analyze the importance of historical documents by examining several famous documents, and then they complete activities that check...
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8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet

For Students 8th
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...
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Are We the People?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
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,...
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Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Who Won the American Revolution?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Was the American Revolution really revolutionary? Consider all the sides to this complex historical event, as this video not only reviews key battles of the revolution, but also discusses the effect of the war on slaves and Native...
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The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a...
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Was the War of 1812 Our Second War of Independence?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Though it occurred almost 40 years later, could the United States have been fighting for their independence again in the War of 1812? Using appropriate primary source material from each of the two wars, compare and contrast the situation...
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Lesson: Allison Smith: What Are You Fighting For?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trench art is a nontraditional art form created by soldiers in trenches during wartime. Artist Allison Smith connects her art to the American Revolution and the question: "What are you fighting for?" Kids examine her art, how it connects...
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Interpreting Foundation Documents of the American Republic

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation,...
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The American Revolution, Guided Reading

For Students 10th - 12th
This McDougal Littell worksheet provides a graphic organizer for US History class members to record information on the causes and effects of events like France entering the war, the British closing Boston harbor, passing the Stamp Act,...
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Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This is part one in a series about the American Revolution. Here, the instructor focuses on The Declaration of Independence, what causes it to be written, who wrote it, and how well it was received.
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Drafting the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students working in small groups to compare and contrast the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson with the final version. They list the differences and decide on why the changes were made.
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revolution

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Clear and relevant images and text are used to describe the American Revolution. The text and facts given are short and will keep your students' attention, but would be best suited to accompany a lecture from the teacher about the Stamp...
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I Declare, I believe this document May Flower!"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are used as the text for a series of activities. After being assigned one of these documents, groups highlight key words and isolate the...
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Vocabulary Building - Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Young scholars read the first part of the Declaration of Independence and mark the words they don't know. First, they try to guess what the words mean by looking at the them in context, and then they look up the words in a dictionary.
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners 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...
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The Prelude to the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your class can interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. They consider the historical context of the Declaration of Independence as they examine documents that preceded the declaration and then analyze it to determine...
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The Declaration of Independence: America is Born

For Teachers 9th - 12th
America is born, follow the Declaration of Independence from creation through ratification. Learners look at Thomas Jefferson and his pivotal role in the formation of America. Pupils view the handout of Declaration of Independence Video:...
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The Drafts of the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compare drafts of the Declaration of Independence. In this primary source analysis lesson, 7th graders access copies of Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the document and compare it the final document that gave birth...
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The Declaration Versus The Communist Manifesto

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders put their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to the test when they are asked to mark which of several statements are from either the Constitution or the Communist Manifesto. A class discussion follows. Use this resource as...
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The Revolutionary War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
March your students off to war with this presentation, which provides details to the American Revolution such as important figures (Jefferson, Franklin, Henry), facts about the Declaration of Independence, and definitions of key terms. A...
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The Road to Revolution: (1770-1776)

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Posing a guiding question about the inevitability of the American Revolution, the presentation guides students through the circumstances leading up to "The shot heard 'round the world" up to the Declaration of Independence. Teachers can...
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Liberty! The American Revolution

For Teachers 1st - 5th
This presentation reviews some of the reasons that led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the start of the Revolutionary War. It provides a brief overview and images for events like the French and Indian War, the...
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Applying Decoding, Vocabulary, and During Reading Strategies

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Apply reading strategies to boost phonemic awareness. While reading a provided informational text, learners use decoding, vocabulary, and a graphic organizer to strengthen their overall reading ability. Handouts and the reading passage...
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Writing Exercises: The American Revolution

For Students 5th - 8th
Get historians writing about the American Revolution using this short-answer worksheet! Three big-picture prompts are aimed at guiding deeper thinking and preparing learners for later discussion and application. They consider the...
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Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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.
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Lesson 13: The Debate for Independence

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders argue the pros and cons of declaring independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders simulate a meeting of the Second Continental Congress and convince delegates to accept or reject Richard Henry Lee's...
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Lesson 14: Analyzing the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders consider the implications of declaring independence. For this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders discuss citizenship and then complete a handout that requires them to analyze the Declaration of Independence.
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Declaration of Independence/Heroes in the Making

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders take a closer look at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In this American Revolution instructional activity, 12th graders discuss the meaning of the document as well as the risk involved in signing it....
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The US and WV: In Pursuit of Independence - Lesson 4

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders consider the purpose the Declaration of Independence. In this U.S. and West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders participate in a classroom activity that requires them to identify primary and secondary sources and then...
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The Journey of Slaves Toward Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students determine how slavery threatened America's guarantee of liberty. In this slavery instructional activity, students analyze primary documents and write essays about their roles in the slavery debate in the United States.
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Declaration of Independence: What are they complaining about?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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EXTRA! The Honorable Mr. Jefferson Declares our Independence from Britain!

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine early American images and documents. In this colonial America lesson, 5th graders access digital images of the Declaration of Independence, paintings, and other documents in order to understand the purpose of...
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Building A Nation

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students build their own nation in groups where they create a name, flag, declaration of independence, form of government, mathematical layout, and more. In this nation lesson plan, students also provide a scale drawing of their nation...
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The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students discover the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. In this colonial America lesson, students compare the original draft by Thomas Jefferson to the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students reflect on the Declaration of Independence.  In this U.S. History lesson plan, students read the Declaration of Independence then complete an activity and worksheet on the topic.
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The Debate on Slavery

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Young historians research the debate over slavery; some students take the pro-slavery side and others the anti-slavery side. They take the role of a character such as a plantation owner, a legislator, a free Black, a slave, or a northern...
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Bill of Rights: Rights and Responsibilities

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners idenitfy and apply their opportunities to describe how written and unwritten laws and rules of a society affect individual and group behavior. Then they recognize the significance of the Fifth through Eighth Amendments, as well...
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The First Amendment

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the freedoms and rights provided for in the First Amendment. Then they explore activities in which he or she participates daily that are guaranteed under the First Amendment. Students also analyze the extent to which...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars 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...
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Our National Documents

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze the founding documents of the United States. They read and discuss the article "Understanding the Meanings and Purposes of Our National Documents" by Richard J. Gonzalez, complete a KWL chart, and create a...
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Understanding the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Are We Free Yet?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students read excerpts from several Freedom Documents, evaluate amount of freedom guaranteed by each document, and rank documents on scale to determine which grant greatest and least amount of personal freedom.
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Foundations of United States Government

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze the significant events in the founding of the United States. They read and analyze text, role-play famous Colonial Americans, write a biographical journal entry, and develop a thesis and write an essay in...
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A Wolf by the Ear

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students examine Thomas Jefferson's complex and contradictory relationship with slavery.
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EQUAL PROTECTION

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students analyze the historical meaning of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and how it is used today, analyze the legal meaning of "equal protection of the law" by examining case studies.
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A More Perfect Union

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on the development of the U.S. government. They examine the main ideas of the Declaration of Independence, develop a class translation of the preamble to the Constitution, create a flow chart,...
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Lesson 16: Declaration of Independence/Heroes in the Making

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders take a closer look at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In this American Revolution lesson, 10th graders discuss the meaning of the document as well as the risk involved in signing it. Students write poems...
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Lesson for Core Concept #7: Differing Expectations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate how American colonists felt they would be impacted by conflict with the British. For this colonial America lesson, students examine the Declaration of Independence, papers from the Committees of Correspondence, and...
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Prayer in Public Schools

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research the history of prayer in school.  In this Government lesson, 12th graders create arguments for and against prayer in
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Declaration of Complaints

For Teachers 8th - 12th
In this protest and petition worksheet, students respond to 6 framework questions to help them outline and write their own Declarations of Complaints.
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Declaring Independence

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students compare independence documents. In this democratic values lesson plan, students compare and contrast the Declaration of Independence to France's Declaration of the Rights of Man to the Declaration of the United Nations. Students...
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Fight For Your Right - Leading A Revolution of Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine civil rights. In this civil rights lesson plan, students research human rights issues of United States history. Students then discuss their research findings and write Bill of Rights statements for the topics they...
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Early American History Worksheet

For Students 8th - 11th
In this early American history worksheet, students respond to 15 multi-faceted questions about the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and...
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A Survey of the Declaration of Independence and its Signers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners consider the impact of the Declaration of Independence. In this government lesson, students read biographies about the signers of the document, analyze excerpts of the document, and compare the document to the Declaration of...
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Declaration of Independence: Created Equal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how Jefferson dealt with equality. In this lesson plan on the Declaration of Independence, students use primary sources to analyze what the phrase, "All men are created equal" meant. They will compare what they think...
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Lives, Fortunes, Sacred Honor

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students discover details regarding the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In this civics lesson, students read mini-biographies of some of the signers of the document. Students then create a model of one of the 10 signers.
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Paths to our American Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners examine the thoughts and ideas that were the foundation of our unique democracy. For this Democratic government lesson, students will become acquainted with the origins and fundamentals of the US Revolutionary War, Declaration...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the Declaration of Independence. In this civics lesson, students read handouts regarding the document as well as the document itself. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the handout. Students then...
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Declaring Independence

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students evaluate the Declaration of Independence. In this Declaration of Independence lesson, students research the  document and then write essays that compare the declaration to other similar documents.
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students use the Internet to examine the Declaration of Independence. In this US history lesson plan, students explore primary documents and quotes from the Library of Congress web-site in order to understand the ideas that influenced...
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Comparing Foundations of Democracy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars examine democratic values. In this democratic ideologies instructional activity, students discuss individual rights and rights of the group. Young scholars also discuss the implications of the priorities made in...
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A Survey of the Declaration of Independence and its Signers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this American history lesson, students research the Declaration of Independence as well as the lives of the signers. Students compare...
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Our National Documents

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore the significance of National Documents. In this National Documents instructional activity, students read handouts regarding the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Students complete...
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The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students take a close look at the foundations of American government. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students analyze the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution. Students...
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Declaring Freedom

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders study the sections of the Declaration of Independence.  For this American Government lesson, 9th graders participate in a weekly discussion board.  Students create a multimedia project to demonstrate their applied...
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Explore the Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine the U.S. Constitution. In this American history lesson, students explore the founders' vision of U.S. government as they participate in readers' theatre, role-playing scenarios, and constitutional analysis activities.
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Declaration of Independence and Acts of Courage

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine the trait of courage. In this Declaration of Independence activity, students discuss what it means to be courageous and identify the courageous acts the signers of the Declaration showed. Students research the...
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Deciphering the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the textual meaning of the Declaration of Independence. In this Declaration of Independence lesson plan, students read and paraphrase the text of the document into modern-day language. Students also consider the meaning...
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Foundations of American Government: Teacher’s Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the foundations of America. In this early American history lesson, students watch Discovery video segments regarding the Boston Massacre, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights....
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The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine and analyze an unknown document (Jefferson's original rough draught of The Declaration). In this document analysis lesson, students compare the rough draught with the first printed version and work in pairs to analyze...
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We Are the Government

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students read primary documents to find the motivations of the founding fathers of the United States. In this primary documents lesson, students discuss the meaning of the Preamble to the Constitution, read parts of the Constitution...
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America: Influenced by the Enlightenment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
In this Enlightenment influence study guide worksheet, students read 5 quotes from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and then respond to 5 reflection questions.
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The American Revolution

For Students 9th - 10th
In this American Revolution learning exercise, learners complete a chart outlining the causes and effects, then write expository paragraphs about how the Enlightenment influenced the U.S.
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students begin their examination of the Declaration of Independence. Using the text, they answer questions for their citizenship interview. They also examine the role of Jefferson in creating the document and how he participated in slavery.
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Grievances of the Texas Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students review reasons Texas wanted to be independent of Mexico, compare and contrast colonization of Texas with that of United States, rank grievances according to importance, discuss personal freedoms, and write personal Declaration...
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Roots of the Documents of Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine and analyze various excerpts from documents of freedom such as Magna Carta and Virginia Declaration of Rights, identify how documents influenced each other, and discuss ideas and rights necessary to build representative...
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Representation of the Common Citizen From Declaration of Independence to Present

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create working definition of common citizen, and investigate and discuss important sections of Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other Amendments. Students demonstrate...
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A Close Look at the First Two Paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders identify the key phrases of the first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence and interpret the meaning of those key phrases. Students work in small groups to analyze the paragraphs and answering questions...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the rhetoric in the Declaration of Independence. In groups, they assess the role of the document in the development of the American Revolution. They analyze the argumentative structure of the document and share their...
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Grievances Against the British Monarchy

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students review George Washington's reasons for not wanting to be viewed as a monarch. They review the Declaration of Independence and identify five grievances the United States had against the British monarchy. In groups, students...
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The Declaration of Independence and Your Own Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and discuss the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Sentiments. They discuss how the rights of the colonists and women were being violated. Students write about their own personal rights and how their rights...
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Examining the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students examine the Declaration of Independence and its significance to American history. They read the document, identify America's grievances with Great Britain, and restate a part of the document in their own words.
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Government: Federal, State, Local - Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students review the history of our country's independence, and study the Bill of Rights to gain a better understanding of their basic rights and freedom as American citizens in a democratic society. State and local governments also be...
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Historical Background Leading to the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine why, when our Fathers, signed the Declaration of Independence they were placing in jeopardy their freedom, property and lives.
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The American Revolution (Sesame Street) - Part 1

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The Sesame Street crew take on the American Revolution. Part one depicts Thomas Jefferson attempting to write the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately, he breaks his quill and Mr. Grover gets him everything but a quill. This is a...
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"Declaration of Independence" From Plagiarism

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
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...
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Fourth of July Addition and Subtraction

For Students 2nd - 3rd
What is Thomas Jefferson signing? Focus on American history with this cross-curricular math puzzle. Learners utilize addition and subtraction skills to solve the mystery of the Fourth of July. All numbers are 3-digit, and there are no...
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Baseball Challenge: 5th Grade Social Studies

For Teachers 5th
Quickly review facts relating to U.S. History in a Baseball Challenge presentation. The information relates to branches of government, the Vietnam War, WWII, and other key events.
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To Declare Independence or Not??

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students debate and role play about whether the colonists should declare independence from England or not. In this American history and oral communication instructional activity, students read informational text about the colonists and...
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A Famous Signature

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study important historical figures.  In this United States history lesson, students trace the signature of John Hancock using cotton swabs, glitter, and various art supplies after discussing the historical significance of the...
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What Are Our Common Values?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners make a poster. For this values lesson, students read the Preamble to the Constitution and discuss the core democratic values that are found there and in the Declaration of Independence. Learners are each assigned a core...
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Independence Day!

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders role play the colonists separation from England. In this colonial independence instructional activity, 3rd graders pretend their class has decided to form a school of their own and form groups to gather information about...
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Documents and Symbols and American Freedom

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students complete a unit of lessons on the documents, symbols, and famous people involved in the founding of the U.S. government. They create a personal bill of rights, write a found poem, design a flag, conduct research, and role-play...
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Independent - To Be Or Not To Be

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners examine national symbols of freedom and speech strategies. They study the constitution, forefathers, and the Declaration of Independence.
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The Events That Led Up To The American Revolution

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the events that led to the American Revolution. In this history lesson plan students analyze primary source images to find a common theme. Students look for clues to everyday life around the time of the American...
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The Drafting of the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the Declaration of Independence. In this civics lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation about the drafting of the document. Young scholars then collaborate to paraphrase the document.
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Hollywood Squares: History Review Game

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Review the early laws that stemmed from our separation from Britain during the colonial period. You're class will have fun racing to answer each of the nine questions found in this review game. 
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Constitution/Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discover the importance of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. In this Constitution and Declaration of Independence lesson, students study the events that led up to designing and signing of these documents....
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Fragment on the Constitution and Union (1861). The Purpose of the American Union

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine how President Lincoln formulated the principles of the Declaration of Independence as the goal of the American Union.  In this American Government lesson, 11th graders read and analyze primary sources based on...
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Independence Day Word search

For Students 3rd - 5th
For this social studies worksheet, students complete a word search with vocabulary pertaining to Independence Day. Students locate 16 words associated with the holiday.
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Social Studies: Jeffeerson and the Declaration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate Thomas Jefferson's intentions for the Declaration of Independence. In discussion, they consider what parts of the document are most useful today and to what purposes does it address the most. Finally, students...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students explore the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. They research a philosopher using reference books and reliable Internet sources and write a two-page paper utilizing proper writing conventions. In addition, they...
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American Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers review the events leading to the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Using the internet, they examine many different political cartoons from the time period and discuss the political atmosphere. In...
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How Does Government Secure Natural Rights?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain why a government with a constitution is not necessarily a constitutional government, and identify alternative models of government that the Founders had to choose from.
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"The Horse America Throwing His Master"

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students use a variety of documents relating to the American Revolution as a springboard for further research on the era. Students work in groups and use their research to create a timeline. Students then visit a museum presenting...
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Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the Declaration of Independence and write a group paper. Students use a set of designated questions as a guide for the threee to four page paper.
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Change: Just a Matter of Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze the Declaration of Independence and primary sources to explain civil rights. Then, students write a Declaration of Change to express the grievances of African Americans, and their desire to participate fully in the...
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Equal Protection

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students analyze and discuss a poster depicting racially separate fountains. Then they examine part of the Declaration of Independence that refers to all men being created equal and discuss the "separate but equal" doctrine.
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A (Brief) History of Democracy Part 2

For Teachers 7th - 10th
The concluding segment of this two-part student project video begins with the Renaissance and ends with an homage to John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Pierre Trudeau.
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Make the Connection

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Young scholars practice connecting words into phrases. They use the Declaration of Independence to help them connect phrases.
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1765 to the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Colonial America and Revolution

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by creating a timeline of the Colonial era. In this American Revolution lesson, 4th graders identify and discuss the conflicts that led to the revolution and list ways people deal with conflicts....
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Zoom-In: Committee of Congress- Drafting the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders analyze images of persons writing the Declaration of Independence.  In this drafting of the Declaration of Independence lesson, 4th graders view a "Zoom-In Inquiry" of images and discuss each query as it appears. 
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Signers of the Declaration of Independence Word Jumble #2 Worksheet

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this online interactive Declaration of Independence activity, students examine the word bank with the names of the 20 signers of the document. Students use the word bank to unscramble 20 sets of letters. This activity may also be...
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Building a Nation

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the main ideas of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. They read and discuss text, read and summarize a section of the Declaration of Independence in small groups, and write a paper on why the colonists felt it...
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the Declaration of Independence Lesson

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students demonstrate reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.
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The US Constitution in My Classroom

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the government. In this governement lesson, 4th graders participate in 11 days of lessons related to the branches of the government, laws, the constitution and more. This lesson contains videos, rubrics,...
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The American Indian Experience

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study American Indians. In this American history lesson plan, 5th graders discuss the impact American Indians had on the United States analyzing the culture and environment of America before the Europeans arrived.
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Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students review the Declaration of Independence through the eyes of two historians. In this Declaration of Independence activity, students view the Declaration of Independence Preamble and discuss the points of view of historians....
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Constitution Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify roles of Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution in establishing new country, create posters with their ideas about each part of Constitution, and explain three branches of government, including their...
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American Revolution

For Teachers 5th
While just an outline for an exploration of the American Revolution, this instructional activity could be augmented to provide a richer experience. The activity calls for learners to discuss the Declaration of Independence, study Paul...
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Breaking Down the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners examine the Declaration of Independence. In this colonial America lesson, students analyze the three sections of the Declaration and determine the beliefs the founding fathers had about rights.
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Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln

For Teachers K
Students study four of the most influential and important presidents in United States history. In this United States presidents lesson, students learn the facts and histories to four of the most influential presidents in history - George...
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Spread the News

For Students 5th - 8th
In this Declaration of Independence worksheet, students use the provided guidelines to create a newspaper that might have been published following the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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Worksheet #42 Questions - Shay and Rebellion

For Students 7th - 8th
In this Shay and Rebellion quiz worksheet, students increase their knowledge through ten fill in the blank questions that relate to the aforementioned topic.
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Signers of The Declaration of Independence

For Students 6th - 8th
For this social studies worksheet, students find the words that declare the signers of The Declaration of Independence and the answers are found at the bottom of the page.
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The Decleration of Independence

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read through, interpret and discuss the Declaration of Independence. They review the 4 main parts of it and add notes to their graphic organizers. They also read about and discuss the writers of the Declaration and...
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Which Declaration of Independence Is It?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students travel between stations with a partner to examine the Declaration of Independence. As they move between each station, one reads the signs posted and the other one paraphraes. They compare and contrast the Texas and United...
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Exploring the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe the basic ideas of government and arguments supporting the separation of the colonies from Britain in the Declaration of Independence. They actively participate in class discussion and then review, answering all...
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Limited Government: Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study the limited government within the Declaration of Independence. They discuss the characteristics of a limited government in contrast to a despotic government. They identify principles of the limited government within the...
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Documents of Natural Rights: The Declaration of Independence and The Plan of Delano

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders analyze the philosophy of government in the Declaration of Independence. As a class, they discuss how this philosophy has caused other revolutions in history and how well it supports our natural rights. In groups, they...
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Declaration of Independence and John Locke

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine the causes and effects of the American Revolution. Using the text of the Declaration of Independence, they identify how the political ideas during the war shaped the document. They use the internet to explore the...
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Ideas Behind the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the causes of the Revolutionary War. Using the Declaration of Independence, they analyze how the ideas of John Locke helped shape the document. They use other primary source documents to compare the Declaration of...
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To Be An American

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research the symbols of America, present their research to the class, write a paper about being an American and write their own Declaration of Independence.
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Sign Your John Hancock: Signers of the Declaration

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore U.S. history by creating arts and crafts projects. In this John Hancock lesson, students discuss who Hancock was, his contribution to this country and why his legacy is a signature. Students practice writing their own...
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Defining the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore vocabulary from the Declaration of Independence. In this vocabulary lesson, 5th graders read the Declaration of Independence. Students investigate unfamiliar vocabulary using a dictionary.
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Independence Day (The Fourth of July)

For Students 3rd
In this Independence Day (The Fourth of July) worksheet, 3rd graders read the two paragraph passage and write the answers to five questions.
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Independence Declared

For Students 6th - 8th
In this United States history worksheet, students utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions about the nation declaring its independence. A short answer question is included as well.
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Understanding the Importance of the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the importance of the Declaration of Independence by using a variety of research sources and computer technology to obtain information. They internalize the thoughts, actions, and motives of the signers of the...
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Development of Democracy

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the main ideals of the Declaration of Independence. They design an illustrated version of the document that can be used by third graders to understand its meaning. They rephrase eight sections and illustrate...
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VS.5a

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore, examine and identify the reasons why the colonies went to war with England as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. They discover the conflicts that developed between the colonies and England over how the...