Drafting the Declaration of Independence
Learners 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.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 20 Downloads
The Declaration of Independence
Guide teenagers through a study of the Declaration of Independence. Learners read the document, keeping a guiding question in mind as they examine this primary source. They then respond to three questions relating to the text and the...
7th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Fourth of July (Grades 9-12)
Class members work to translate the Declaration of Independence into their own words, as well as design a Facebook page within the context of 1776 to raise public awareness about the document and its meaning for citizens.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Lesson on the Declaration of Independence
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...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Should the Colonists Have Signed the Declaration of Independence?
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...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Was the War of 1812 Our Second War of Independence?
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...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Black and White in United States History: A Gray Area
Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Argument of the Declaration of Independence
When in the course of a course on historic American events, it becomes necessary for learners to examine, with decent respect, the Declaration of Independence, it becomes evident that there are six separate and equal parts of that...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed