Declaration of Independence

Give budding historians a guided exploration of the Declaration of Independence, historic photos, videos, and more as they deepen their understanding of the American Revolution and the attitude of the colonists leading up to the war.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • The approach to looking at the Declaration of Independence through drafts to see how it changed can also be applied to the Constitution
  • Could be expanded by also looking at Jefferson's Instructions to Virginia's delegates to the First Continental Congress
Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure historians have Internet connection if you assign it as homework
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Well-organized
  • Variety of primary sources involved (photo, video, text), all of which are provided in the lesson
  • None
Common Core