Lesson Plan

Why Is the Declaration of Independence Important?

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Fair or unfair? To begin a study of the American Revolution, class members review the treatment of the people of the American Colonies by the King of England and decide which were fair and which were unfair. Class members then annotate a copy of the Declaration of Independence, noting complaints against the King and American ideals found in the document. Finally, 5th graders investigate how these ideals are manifested in their daily lives.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to examine the First Amendment to the Constitution and to identify how it addresses concerns raised by the Declaration of Independence
Classroom Considerations
  • The 63-page packet includes the detailed model lesson plan and templates for all required materials
  • Requires additional prep time to prepare and copy materials
  • Includes activities, designed to address a variety of learning styles, encourage a close reading of the declaration of Independence
  • The lesson extension asks class members to examine the role African Americans, Native Americans, and women played in the struggle for independence
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