How did the Founding Fathers come up with the 27 grievances in the Declaration of Independence? By comparing the Declaration of Independence to a break-up letter and analyzing primary source images from the Revolutionary Era, students will come to better understand the reasons for declaring independence from Britain.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Listen to you read a fake break up letter written by the 13 colonies!
2) Participate in a historical art gallery activity that has students analyze various primary source images related to grievances found in the Declaration of Independence.
3) Read a short introductory piece about how British actions and American beliefs in the Enlightenment influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
4) Examine a list of several of the grievances (one in original wording another in modified form) and determine how Enlightenment ideas and the primary source images help explain each grievance.