Students will be asked to "read like a detective" and gain a clear understanding of what Thomas Jefferson was writing about in the Declaration of Independence.
In the second lesson the students will work with partners and in small groups.
By putting their names on the Declaration, the 54 men might well have been signing their own death warrants.
Had the Revolution failed, they would have been high on the list of traitors to the Crown, certain to be imprisoned or more likely executed.
In the first lesson this will be facilitated by the teacher and done as a whole-class lesson.
Declaration Of Independence From Homework
Tell the students that they will be learning what Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1776 that served to announce the creation of a new nation by reading and understanding Jefferson’s own words.Students will be asked to "read like a detective" and gain a clear understanding of the meaning of the Declaration of Indpendence.In this lesson the students will be working individually.While the unit is intended to flow over a five-day period, it is possible to present and complete the material within a shorter time frame.For example, the first two days can be used to ensure an understanding of the process with all of the activity completed in class.They were tired, too, of losing money by having the Crown interfere with their trade overseas.The men in the assemblies shouted that King George was a tyrant, so the King's men stopped the assemblies.This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources.These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance.Resist the temptation to put the Declaration into too much context.Remember, we are trying to let the students discover what Jefferson and the Continental Congress had to say and then develop ideas based solely on the original text.