Declaration of Independence Detectives

Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
Declaration of Independence Detectives
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4 MB|10 pages
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Declaration of Independence Detectives. The purpose of this activity is to engage your students by having them become detectives and learn about the Declaration of Independence.

What is Included:
-Teacher Tips (2-pages)
-Introductory Handout (color and printer friendly; 2-pages each)
-Student Questions Handout (5 pages; 10 questions)
-Grading Rubric (1-page)
-Detective Cards (2-pages; color and printer friendly)
-Answer Key (3-pages)

What is NOT Included:
-Declaration of Independence document
-Resources needed for additional research

Teacher Tips:
It is up to you if you want your students to work in groups or individually.

You will want to read the Introductory Handout and the questions that the students will need to research just to understand what you will be expecting the students to do.

Decide which “Declaration Detective” cards you want to use (color or printer friendly) and then print them of. Each detective will need a 3-digit number written on his/her cards. You can do this or your students can. The cards are really just for fun, but we have found that the students like the creativity and it seems to help with the engagement of the lesson.

Students will also need to have access to the Declaration of Independence document and some other resources to answer some of the questions. When we do this in our classroom, we have the students use both the Internet and a textbook.

The Introductory Handout will walk your students (detectives) through a scenario in the “Briefing Room” where the TSDotDoI (Top Secret Department of the Declaration of Independence) has asked your detective agency to investigate the Declaration of Independence. It is up to you if you want every student to have a copy of the handout or if you simply print off one for you to use with a document camera.

As with any activity, students are more engaged when the teacher is also engaged and excited. Below are some suggestion to help with engagement:
-Dress up like a detective (magnifying glass, trench coat, hat, notebook, etc.
-Encourage your students dress up like detectives, a colonist, or King George III.
-Play some detective/mystery type music in the background as students work or as you introduce the activity
-Find a short mystery on the Internet that the students can watch as an introduction.
-Read a short mystery to the students to help get them excited.

Once you have the activity introduced and how and if students will be grouped, hand out the questions that the students need to answer.

Explain to your students what resources they will be using and then have them work.

In the middle of the activity for some fun, give your Declaration of Independence Detectives a break and supply them with a quick snack. You can ask them how things are going and if they have any questions. You can play this up as a Briefing Room discussion. This can give you some time to check to see if they have their badges with them too.

When students are done, have them reread over their answers and then turn them in.

-It’s up to you what you have your early finishers do, but here are some suggestions:
-Research a not-so famous signer of the Declaration of Independence
-Have them write their own Declaration of Independence (from a pesky brother, annoying parent, strict teacher, etc.)
-Research the life of a colonist or King George III
-Create a song about the Declaration of Independence
-Create a game board

Common Core Standards Covered:
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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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