First Continental Congress, Second Continental Congress, and the Declaration of Independence

This First Continental Congress, Second Continental Congress, and the Declaration of Independence lesson plan also includes:

Your learners will take on the roles of Congressional members in the year 1775 and devise a plan for America after the onset of the Revolutionary War.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Best used after reviewing the Intolerable Acts
  • Introduce Socratic seminar practice to your class with the provided activity sheet on the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson plan makes some specific references to North Carolina, but can be adapted to any other state
Pros
  • Includes engaging modern translation activity for the Declaration of Independence
  • Involves analysis of primary and secondary sources
  • Several collaborative opportunities and experiential activities to choose from
Cons
  • None