Are you looking for a more in depth resource to teach your students about the Declaration of Independence? This activity on the Declaration of Independence includes engaging lesson plans, visuals, vocabulary activities, informational texts, Doodle Notes™, and a scavenger hunt into different primary source excerpts. This activity will help your students understand the historical and philosophical significance of the Declaration of Independence.
With this resource, your students will explore the ideas and values expressed in the Declaration, including the concept of natural rights, the parts of the Declaration of Independence, and the grievances from the American colonists. They’ll also learn about the historic documents and influential thinkers that helped shape the Declaration, such as the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and John Locke.
With this resource, you will receive:
Detailed Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Word Wall terms and a Vocabulary Activity
2 page informational text on the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the parts of the DOI, and the historical influences on the DOI – also available on Google Slides™
Discussion Questions to guide reading
Primary Source Excerpt Placards with explanations for students to read
Question Cards for a Scavenger Hunt
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8th Grade U.S. History TEKS
(4) History. The student understands significant political and economic issues of the revolutionary and Constitutional eras. The student is expected to:
(C) explain the issues surrounding important events of the American Revolution, including declaring independence;
(15) Government. The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other important historic documents. The student is expected to:
(A) identify the influence of ideas from historic documents, including the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, and the Federalist Papers, on the U.S. system of government;
(C) identify colonial grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence and explain how those grievances were addressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and
(E) explain the role of significant individuals such as Thomas Hooker, Charles de Montesquieu, and John Locke in the development of self-government in colonial America.
(19) Citizenship. The student understands the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States. The student is expected to:
(A) define and give examples of unalienable rights;
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