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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Activity: Primary Source Analysis and Questions

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7th - 12th, Homeschool
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This primary source lesson will help students better understand one of the most important documents of all time - The Declaration of Independence. Though Thomas Jefferson's Declaration can be difficult to understand for some, this worksheet is a great overall, big-picture way to study such an important document without becoming overwhelmed. The Declaration is really just a big "break-up letter" from the colonists to the King. While referring to the included primary source text of the Declaration, students will answer given questions and find a variety of excerpts to help them understand this important document. This has been a fabulous, concise way for my students to best understand the Declaration of Independence. I love using this for my 7th & 8th grade classes, but I would highly recommend this to be appropriate through grade 12.

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What's Included:

  • Complete set of teacher directions to help guide the lesson that includes a few suggestions and ideas for introducing the lesson.
  • A copy of the Declaration of Independence text broken down into 11 sections.
  • Two page primary-source analysis worksheet with questions to answer, excerpts to find, and sections to summarize.
  • A one page list of extension activities for further reinforcement and understanding.
  • All documents are in PDF and GOOGLE DRIVE format!

Additional Reinforcement:

If you'd like an additional idea for studying the Declaration, I highly recommend supplementing this lesson with my Declaration of Independence: Break-Up Letter and Texting Activity! This "break-up" activity begins with the teacher finding a break-up letter in the classroom and then reads it to the students as a fabulous hook and introduction to the Declaration! I like to use both of these resources with my students as each resource helps various learners! I also love setting up the Declaration of Independence unit with my lesson on Thomas Paine's Common Sense!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


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