Type:

Graphic Organizer/Worksheet, 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 or natural rights and government by consent to begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America’s constitutional government. by the Bill of Rights Institute

Subjects:

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

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

declaration of independence, inalienable rights, social compact , liberty and government by consent

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

S113BF47: National Standards for History, Revised Edition, 1996

Explain the major ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence and their intellectual origins. [Marshal evidence of antecedent circumstances]

S113BF49: National Standards for History, Revised Edition, 1996

Draw upon the principles in the Declaration of Independence to construct a sound historical argument regarding whether it justified American independence. [Interrogate historical data]

S113BF4B: National Standards for History, Revised Edition, 1996

Compare the Declaration of Independence with the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and construct an argument evaluating their importance to the spread of constitutional democracies in the 19th and 20th centuries. [Compare and contrast differing sets of ideas]
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