Lesson Plan

Are We the People?

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Taking on the roles of a fiery Boston patriot, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a prominent abolitionist, your young historians will consider the reactions of these early Americans to the creation of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Emancipation Proclamation respectively. They will then write letters to convey their particular point of view, and conclude by researching the famous Americans those characters actually represented.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners design their own possible character descriptions based on an important figure from one of the historical periods highlighted in the resource, and then use those as additional options for the writing activity
Classroom Considerations
  • For a more comprehensive look at public reaction to these different founding documents, offer your class members more options of historical character types and perspectives to choose from
  • Consider only assigning worksheets as the topics they address arise in your normal curriculum, rather than all at once as the resource suggests
  • Includes vocabulary list on each worksheet to support reading of primary source
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