Everyone knows that the Declaration of Independence is important, but what does it actually say? Members of American history classes analyze the Founding Fathers' arguments against British tyranny and for a more perfect union with a document that delineates each section as an assertion, proof, or an appeal, with sections for learners to elaborate.
- Have learners work on the assignment periodically as relevant passages come up in your unit on the Declaration of Independence
- Encourage class members to finish sections independently and then compare to their peers to see the summaries contain the same information
- Part of a larger unit on the Declaration of Independence, but works well as an independent assignment
- Complex wording in the primary source may need some explaining in direct instruction
- Makes a great interdisciplinary assignment between language arts and social studies
- Includes the entire original text as well as scaffolding frames
- Does not include instructions