The Argument of the Declaration of Independence

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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 document. Class members analyze the parts, determine the purpose of each part, and assess the classic structure of this argument for independence.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • ELA and social studies classes examine the document at the same time, with ELA classes looking at the structure of the document and American history classes investigating the events that led to the declaration
Pros

  • The introductory activity enables class members to make a personal connection to the document
  • The lesson is carefully scaffolded so that all learners can achieve that objectives
  • The annotated copy of the Declaration of Independence divides the document into six parts and provides room for notes and commentary
Cons

  • None
Common Core