ERIC Number: ED455517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence--Understanding Its Structure and Origin. [Lesson Plan].
National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
A list of grievances comprises the longest portion of the Declaration of Independence, but the source of the document's power is its firm philosophic foundation. In this unit, the teacher can capitalize on the propensity to complain to increase student awareness of the precedents behind the Declaration of Independence. The unit can help 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. The lesson plan contains a guiding question and material on how to prepare to teach the lesson. It also contains suggested activities for the following lessons: Lesson 1: Complaints, Complaints...; Lesson 2: So, What Are You Going To Do about It?; Lesson 3: The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America; Lesson 4: When, in the Course of Human Events...; Lesson 5: What Experience Hath Shown; Lesson 6: Share and Declare; Lesson 7: Eighty-Six It: Changes to Jefferson's Draft; Lesson 8: Publish and Declare; and Extending the Lesson. The lesson plan provides detailed information and ideas for teaching each lesson; cites learning objectives; gives appropriate grade levels and approximate length of time required for each lesson; and outlines national standards for civics and government, social studies, and language arts covered in the lessons. Contains extensive lists of relevant Web sites and additional resources. (NKA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Enrichment, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Persuasive Discourse, Political Issues, Secondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Text Structure, Writing Processes
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.