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Lesson Plan

Description:

In this lesson students will explore the structure, purpose and significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze the concepts of inalienable rights and government by consent and begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America's constitutional government were starting a war with the greatest military power of the time, when they did not have a mighty fighting force themselves. And they were fighting for a type of government that most people thought was impossible. Prof. Sarah Burns explains the importance of asking WHY they did what they did, as she will go on to explain in the following videos. Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > Civics
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Colonial America, American Revolution

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

D2.Civ.5.K-2: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain what governments are and some of their functions.

D2.Civ.2.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain how a democracy relies on people's responsible participation, and draw implications for how individuals should participate.

D2.Civ.5.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain the origins, functions, and structure of different systems of government, including those created by the U.S. and state constitutions.

D2.Civ.8.K-2: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Describe democratic principles such as equality, fairness, and respect for legitimate authority and rules.

D2.Civ.8.6-8: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Analyze ideas and principles contained in the founding documents of the United States, and explain how they influence the social and political system.
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