Declaration of Independence Lesson

Declare the Causes: Committee Preparing the Declaration

Declaration of Independence lesson from National Endowment for the Humanities.

Complaints! Complaints! 

"Students have been known to complain at times. (So have their teachers.) Even the Founding Fathers of our country indulged in gripe sessions. In fact, a list of grievances comprises the longest section of the Declaration of Independence; however, the source of the document's power is its firm philosophic foundation.

You can capitalize on the propensity to complain to increase student awareness of the precedents behind the Declaration of Independence. Help your students see the development of the Declaration as both an historical process and a writing process through role play, creative writing, an introduction to some important documents and a review of historic events."
 source: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/declare-causes-declaration-independence

Visit this site for great lesson ideas. I will alter this lesson a bit to fit the rigor of 8th grade, however, the concept is great and will work for elementary and/or middle school (depending on your state standards at each grade level). 

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