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The Declaration of Independence was really just a big "break-up" letter written by the colonists to the King of Great Britain. This historical document was written to convince the world of the King's abuses and to let everyone know that the colonies no longer wanted to be in a relationship with Great Britain. While studying the Declaration of Independence, students will use this assignment as a reinforcement to understand just what Jefferson wrote in this historical document. The lesson starts with the teacher reading a juicy "break-up" letter that was found in the classroom. After all the suspense and drama of the reading, students will be directed to the texting assignment. By texting back and forth, this lesson is a fun way to understand the "big idea" behind the Declaration of Independence. Students will also be able to include their creativity using hashtags and emojis! This activity is definitely #OneOfMyFavorites!
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What Is Included:
- Teacher directions for an entire lesson introducing this "break-up" letter concept of the Declaration of Independence.
- An already written, juicy "break-up" letter for the teacher to find and then hesitantly read aloud as students go crazy trying to figure out who wrote it!
- This staged "break-up" letter will lead into a discussion and texting activity for students to write their own "break-up" messages to the king.
- A texting worksheet that has excerpts from the Declaration of Independence in a texting style format for students to share their responses based on historical fact.
- A printable list of texting lingo abbreviations for students to have fun using.
- All necessary items are included and are also provided in GOOGLE DRIVE format!
If you want your students to go deeper into studying the Declaration of Independence, I highly recommend supplementing this lesson with my Declaration of Independence: Primary-Source Analysis Activity! This resource dives into the full, primary-source document of the Declaration. I also love setting up the Declaration of Independence unit with my lesson on Thomas Paine's Common Sense!
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