The Declaration of Independence in Six Parts

Everyone knows that the Declaration of Independence is important, but what does it actually say? Members of American history classes analyze the Founding Fathers' arguments against British tyranny and for a more perfect union with a document that delineates each section as an assertion, proof, or an appeal, with sections for learners to elaborate.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners work on the assignment periodically as relevant passages come up in your unit on the Declaration of Independence
  • Encourage class members to finish sections independently and then compare to their peers to see the summaries contain the same information
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a larger unit on the Declaration of Independence, but works well as an independent assignment
  • Complex wording in the primary source may need some explaining in direct instruction
  • Makes a great interdisciplinary assignment between language arts and social studies
  • Includes the entire original text as well as scaffolding frames
  • Does not include instructions