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I love three things: History, writing, and horrible pop music. This assignment combines all 3 of those things!
After learning about the Declaration of Independence, students make their own Declaration of Independence by using the actual Declaration as a format. What will make this assignment better than others that can be found on the internet, is that I provide the examples that Jefferson uses and how they turn into real-life examples.
The assignment provides for a Preamble, Natural Rights, Wrongdoings, Declare Independence, and a signature piece.
I love adding the signature piece where the students must sign their name in cursive because I am finding more and more students do not know how to sign their name in cursive. I have not had any parents complain about this piece because most people know that a cursive signature is useful for adult life.
I like to let the students write the first draft in my class. While they are writing their drafts, I play the worst kind of (Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, etc.) of pop music that I can find. I like to make a playlist that talks about breaking up.
Those songs include but are not limited to:
Orgy- Blue Monday
30 Seconds to Mars- A Beautiful Lie
Selena Gomez- Bad Liar
Anchor & Braille- Watch you Burn
The Early November- I Want to Hear You Sad
Something Corporate- Forget December
Taking Back Sunday- It Doesn't Feel A Thing Like Falling
Dashboard Confessional- Screaming Infidelities
Fall Out Boy- Chicago Is So Two Years Ago
New Found Glory- My Friends Over You
Taylor Swift- We Are Never Getting Back Together
Queen- I Want To Break Free
I then let them finish it and work on it at home. I like to let them have a week to complete the entire thing. Kids love the project. I get compliments on it every year.
There is a grading rubric included in this bad boy so it makes for easy grading.
Let me know what you think!