Declaration of Independence! 3 Week Interactive Social Studies Unit!

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Declaration of Independence Unit

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Are you ready to transform your classroom into 1765-1776 colonial America? In this 3 week unit students will adopt a colonist identity and experience the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence.

Note: This unit has been recently updated. Scroll down to Bonus Materials for the details.

36 Colonial Identities:
Students will adopt a colonial identity that will last throughout the unit. They will receive:
• A colonial name
• A colonial job and salary
• A political faction to belong to (patriot, loyalist, or neutralist)

3 Student-led Congresses:
Students will debate the actual issues from the following historical meetings:
• The Stamp Act Congress
• The First Continental Congress
• The Second Continental Congress
Note: Each congress has an introduction and debrief lesson. All congressional procedures and proposals are included.

4 Tax Simulations:
In order to feel the stress of taxation without representation, students will take part in simulated classroom taxes. For example, students will better understand the Stamp Act as they are required to put an “official stamp” on all of their assignments in order for them to be graded. Classroom simulations are included for the following taxes:
• The Stamp Act
• The Townshend Acts
• The Tea Act
• The Intolerable Acts
Note: Classroom money is included.

8 Lessons with Writing Extensions:
Students will consider primary sources to understand the following events/people from multiple perspectives. All lessons have a writing extension.
• Patriots vs. Loyalists vs. Neutralists
• Sons of Liberty
• Boston Massacre
• Boston Tea Party
• Lexington and Concord
• Thomas Paine
• Declaration of Independence Format & Content
• Write Your Own Declaration of Independence

Help For The Teacher
• Table of Contents (also available in the preview)
• Suggested Pacing Guide
• A Timeline of Historical Events (blank and answer key)
• 18 Detailed Lesson Plans with all handouts, booklets, writing pages, outlines, and graphic organizers INCLUDED
• Answer Keys

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Bonus Materials:
• Bonus Lesson on making Propaganda Posters
• A Simplified Version of Congressional Procedures (perfect for 5th grade)

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Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Total Pages
72
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks

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Declaration of Independence! 3 Week Interactive Social Stu
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Declaration of Independence! 3 Week Interactive Social Stu
Declaration of Independence! 3 Week Interactive Social Stu
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