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.
Easy-to-follow 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.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 31-45 of 150
LESSON 31: Colonial Period: Independent Study Guide
LESSON 32: French and Indian War
LESSON 33: Causes of the Revolutionary War
LESSON 34: The Revolutionary War Begins
LESSON 35: The Declaration of Independence
LESSON 36: Major Battles of the Revolution
LESSON 37: Winter at Valley Forge
LESSON 38: People of the Revolution
LESSON 39: Revolutionary War Period
LESSON 40: Jeopardy: Revolutionary War Period
LESSON 41: Timeline: Colonial Period and the Revolution
LESSON 42: Note Cards Game: Colonial Period and the Revolution
LESSON 43: Famous Person Study Guide
LESSON 44: United States in 1783
LESSON 45: Settlers Cross the Appalachians