To become familiar with the contents of the Declaration of Independence and the circumstances which led to its adoption.
1 and 1/2 class periods
Give each student a copy of 35A and pages 35C-35E only.
Make one copy of page 35B and cut it into 13 OPINION CARDS that will be used during the activity. Read with the class the introductory paragraphs and the Voting for Independence section on page 35A. Give one OPINION CARD to each of 13 student volunteers. Start with Connecticut, the first colony on the chart, and have the delegate from Connecticut read the information on their card. Have all class members record the votes “for independence” and “against independence.” After the roll call of all 13 colonies has been completed, briefly discuss the results of the voting.
Have the students read Section I, the introduction to the Declaration of Independence (page 35C), and answer question 1 on page 35E. Have the class read Section II, and answer questions 2 and 3. Assign questions 4-7 for homework.
Go over the answers at the beginning of the next class period.
Full teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.