The Continental Congress

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A fantastic video highlights the role of Thomas Jefferson at the Continental Congress, focusing on the language of the Declaration of Independence and its listing of grievances against the British government.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Host a simulation in your class with a modern Continental Congress, asking learners to discuss grievances against current violations of human rights around the world
  • Consider a follow-up discussion on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and their participation in the Continental Congress
Classroom Considerations

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  • Includes excellent summary of the major historical events leading up to and during the Continental Congress

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