Declaration of Independence: Non-Fiction Reading Passage

Declaration of Independence: Non-Fiction Reading Passage
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Declaration of Independence: A Close Reading Passage for UPPER ELEMENTARY


You can also purchase this close reading passage in a social studies interactive reading response journal bundled pack. The bundled pack comes with 17 close reading passages and over 20 interactive response journal activities.
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Close Reading - Second Continental Congress and Declaring Independence

This passage was written with 4th graders in mind, but I am labeling it for 3-5 since it could be used with more advanced third graders or weaker fifth graders.

The push today in the elementary classroom is to teach the kids the skills of close reading. Focus on and analyze a shorter passage. Hold the details of the passage under a microscope to really examine it.

This paragraph passage is on the Second Continental Congress and deciding to draw up the Declaration of Independence- why they met, who attended, The Olive Branch petition, the King's reaction, deciding to write the Declaration, John Hancock's signature, and more

This passage would be a great way to introduce your unit on Second Continental Congress and deciding to draw up the Declaration of Independence

Teach a reading lesson while also introducing a social studies topic.

I did not use any clipart on this because I wanted the focus to be on the words and not images.

There are no written student questions, but suggested teacher discussion questions are included.

More Social Studies Cold Reading Passages.. click the links below.

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NOTE: Please, I am human and can make editing mistakes. If you come across anything that needs to be corrected, please just send me a message. I can then upload the fixed passage before you rate it:-) Thank you.

For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.
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