This Declaration of Independence unit will bring history to life
! Students adopt a colonist identity and experience
the events leading to the Declaration of Independence. Even better, I’ve made it as easy as possible
to implement by including 18 detailed lesson plans.
Why I created this unit
1. I believe that social studies should be exciting
2. Teachers deserve
excellent social studies resources (Can someone please tell our school districts?)
3. Planning complete units is tedious and time-consuming (um... I won’t even tell you how long it took me to create this). I want to save teachers precious time so they can focus on doing what they love—teaching!
What people are saying about this unit:
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“These historical units get me excited about teaching. They are wonderful! I appreciate the pacing guides and the thorough instructions with what students will be doing and what the teacher needs to do before and during the lessons. I am using them for my 5th graders to either supplement chapters or replace some all together. These units provide students the opportunity to experience history rather than just read about it. I couldn't ask for a better resource. Thank you!” —Kasey H.
“My favorite resource of all time, I adore the simulations as do the students!” —Danielle D.
Table of Contents
36 Colonial Identities:
Students will adopt a colonial identity that will last throughout the unit (they love
this part!). They will receive:
• A colonial name
• A 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 (and it may get heated!):
• The Stamp Act Congress
• The First Continental Congress
• The Second Continental Congress
Note: Each congress has an introduction and a debrief lesson. All congressional procedures and proposals are included.
4 Tax Simulations:
In order to feel the stress of taxation without representation, students 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 read primary sources to understand the following events and people from multiple perspectives. All lessons have a writing activity.
• 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
• 18 Detailed Lesson Plans
• Answer keys (of course!)
• Bonus lesson on making Propaganda posters for loyalists, patriots, and neutralists
• A simplified
version of Congressional Procedures (perfect for 5th grade)
How can this unit be for grades 5th-8th?
The articles are written at a 7th-8th grade reading level. If you teach one of those grades, your students will be able to complete the activities more or less independently. If you teach 5th or 6th grade, I recommend reading and analyzing the articles with
your students. They will do great! Check out the reviews
to see how teachers at your grade level have successfully used and loved this unit.
Where can I find more history units?
I have already created units for the following topics:
• Age of Exploration
• 13 Colonies
• Declaration of Independence
• Revolutionary War
• Civil War
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