Richard Henry Lee’s decisive resolution for independence approved on July 2nd, 1776 marked a dramatic turning point in the American colonies’ conflict with Great Britain. Colonial leaders would settle for nothing less than freedom and for the world to know why. Congress, now a group of outlaws, approved and signed “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America” in July and early August of 1776.
This collection of materials includes the following items:
1) background reading, reading strategy, and activity sheet;
2) cooperative primary source activity involving Lee’s resolution;
3) full text of The Declaration of Independence;
4) graphic organizer guiding analysis of the declaration;
5) quiz study guide and study tool for students;
6) three 10-item quiz versions including one for special needs, and
7) complete teacher materials and answer keys.
Analyzing The Declaration Of Independence addresses the following Common Core Standards: 6-8RH.2, 6-8RH.4, 6-8RH7 and 6-8RH.10. This activity is most appropriate for grades 7 through 9.
PDF and modifiable Word versions of this activity are included in the "zipped" download file.
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