This fun activity will help break down the Declaration of Independence for your student(s) and even help them create their own ¨Breakup Letter¨!
In this lesson, students think of the Declaration of Independence as a breakup letter that the colonies write to England. They begin by inferencing what is in the Declaration based on events that lead up the writing and then analyze the actual document. Finally, students pick something or someone to "breakup with" (ie: Bella from Twilight breaks up with Edward), but this letter must be in the same five-part structure (Preamble, Statement of Rights, List of Complaints, Explanation of Previous Actions and Resolution) as the Declaration of Independence!
I found that my students absolutely loved writing these letters and had a better understanding of the structure and meaning behind the Declaration of Independence. I promise, this is a great way to bring engagement and life to one of our nation's (and the world's) most important documents!