To Declare or Not to Declare Independence?

Class members adopt the persona of real figures in American history, Patriots and Loyalists, research these individuals to determine their stance, and then debate the question of whether or not to declare independence from England. 

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Classroom Considerations

  • The parent letter will need to be edited to remove school-specific references and tools, and to eliminate typos and omitted words
Pros

  • Packet includes a letter to parents/guardians informing them about the project
  • An outline worksheet is provided

 

Cons

  • The assignment assumes that participants are familiar with the conventions of persuasive writing
  • The assignment assumes that participants know how to evaluate information cites