This close reading lesson is the first of many to come! It is written using 4th grade CCSS, but can easily be adjusted for 5th or 6th grades. It includes a detailed lesson of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd reading of the the first section of the Declaration of Independence, vocabulary lesson that targets key words in the text, text-dependent questions, and an informational writing assignment. The lesson could span 2-4 days. Text-dependent questions are used to lead students to a deep understanding of the first section of the Declaration of Independence.