The Declaration of Independence

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Your class can write a PSA about the Declaration of Independence! They write public service announcements and present them to the class. They also engage in reading and discussion activities to further understand a challenging—yet critical—document.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend learning by having students research one person who signed the Declaration of Independence and write a short report on that person
  • Differentiate for English learners by highlighting important words in the handouts
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some prep, mainly printing and distributing handouts

  • Includes a helpful vocabulary list 
  • Builds skills in public speaking, team work, and primary source analysis

  • Does not include a rubric for the group presentations