Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Lesson on the Declaration of Independence

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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.

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Pros

  • Resource is most valuable for its wide range of discussion questions analyzing major themes and wording from the text
Cons

  • Class should be very familiar with the process of breaking down a text (i.e. identifying themes, summarizing central ideas, etc.), or supplemental instruction should be provided
  • Best for learners with a strong command of the English language