The Declaration of Independence – Close Reading and Text Analysis


Social Studies – History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies – History)
Grade Levels
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Resource Type
Activities, Graphic Organizers
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This lesson helps students break down the complicated meaning of the Declaration of Independence so that they can grasp the overall meaning of the document. Students are provided with three methods for decoding the text. They use cooperative learning for reading and analyzing the text, they use music to understand Britain’s reaction, and they draw little pictures to show that they can decipher the grievances made against King George.
I utilize this lesson in conjunction with my Journey though the Revolutionary War.
NYS Standards:
7.3c.2 – Students will examine the Declaration of Independence and the arguments for independence stated within it.
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