Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan

Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
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Decoding the Declaration of Independence

This lesson plan will allow students to directly study the Declaration of Independence.

Truth or Idea to be Taught: Students will be able to explain why the 13 Colonies “broke up” with England in 1776. Students will be able to explain why the Declaration of Independence is an important event in world history.

The teacher will provide a copy of the Declaration of Independence to each student. The teacher should use the U.S. National Achieves for a student friendly copy of the Declaration of Independence. (A copy is provided for the teacher in this lesson plan)

Students will need a highlighter or a pen/pencil to highlight/underline key ideas from the Declaration of Independence.
Students will highlight or underline parts of the Declaration of Independence that fall into the following four categories:

Bad Laws
Bad Government or Leadership
Taxes and Trade
Abuse of Power/Britain is Nasty
(You could have also have students use a different color highlighter or colored pencil for each category)

The lesson plan will provide questions for the teacher to ask students about the Declaration of Independence.

Lastly, students will examine the YouTube video Too Late to Apologize/Declaration of Independence Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfRaWAtBVg

I would like to thank Gamified Teachers for the wonderful clip art.

This lesson plan is included in my American Revolution Webquests and Lesson Plan Collection

Individual American Revolution Lesson Plans:

Webquests
American Revolution Webquest
American Revolution Webquest: War of Independence 1775-1783
Important Battles of the American Revolution Webquest
Spying in the American Revolution Webquest
George Washington Webquest
American Revolution: Battle of Trenton Video Webquest
American Revolution: Battle of Yorktown Video Webquest

Activities and Writing Assignments
Decoding the Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan
American Revolution Revolutionary War Journal
American Revolution: Boston Siege Scenario
American Revolution: Trenton George Washington Role Play
Spies in the American Revolution Valley Forge Writing Activty
American Revolution Research Paper
Siege of Yorktown Letter Activity

Worksheets
Boston Massacre Worksheet
Boston Tea Party Worksheet
Battle of Lexington: American Perspective Worksheet
Battle of Lexington: British Perspective Worksheet
Capture of Fort Ticonderoga Worksheet
Editing of the Declaration of Independence Primary Source Worksheet
The Execution of Nathan Hale Worksheet
Battle of Trenton Worksheet
Valley Forge Worksheet
John Paul Jones Primary Source Worksheet
British Surrender at Yorktown Worksheet

Short Video Worksheets/Webquests
Boston Tea Party in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Lexington and Concord in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Battle of Bunker Hill in 3 Minutes Video Worksheet
New York Campaign in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Battle of Brandywine in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Valley Forge in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Benedict Arnold in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
British Strategy in Minutes Video Worksheet
Hessians in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Gunpowder in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Combat during the American Revolution in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet

Study Guides for Books
Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold Reading Guide and Paper
The American Revolution Landmark Books Reading Guide and Answer Sheet

The following lesson plan collections also include all or some of my American Revolution lessons.
American Revolution Sampler
American Revolution Primary Sources Worksheet Collection
Complete 4 Minute American Revolution Worksheet Collection
American Revolution Webquests and Lesson Plan Collection
American and World History Primary Sources Worksheet Collection
American History and United States Geography Collection (History Wizard)
American History, World History, and Geography Collection (History Wizard)

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Teaching Duration
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