Declaration of Independence, Common Sense and Social Contract

Declaration of Independence, Common Sense and Social Contract
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Lesson allows students to analyze and compare the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, and the Social Contract. The lesson is designed to answer the following Essential Question: Why is America a free and independent country?

Georgia Standards:
SSCG2 The student will analyze the natural rights philosophy and the nature of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
a. Compare and contrast the Declaration of Independence and the Social Contract Theory.
b. Evaluate the Declaration of Independence as a persuasive argument.
SSUSH3 The student will explain the primary causes of the American Revolution.
c. Explain the importance of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to the movement for independence
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