To Sign or Not to Sign

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To sign or not to sign, that is the question. Scholars review the Declaration of Independence and discuss the Framers' decisions for signing the document. The activity uses primary text, a worksheet, and group discussion to help academics understand the impact behind signing and why some chose not to. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners read experts from the Founding Fathers sharing their reasons for signing the Declaration of Independence
  • Take a vote to gauge if pupils would sign the document or not
Classroom Considerations
  • A portion of the activity is completed online
  • Activity is great for remote learning
  • The resource includes a follow-up activity if time allows 
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