Teaching the Declaration of Indpendence
1 Step One
Using the Nearpod lesson “The Declaration of Independence--The Great Break-Up Story,” teach students about the reasons behind the DoI. This Nearpod also walks students through the difficult language of the 18th Century and “translates” it into modern English. It includes short videos and quick checks for understanding.
In addition to the info in the Nearpod, teachers should explain the parts of the declaration (the preamble, natural rights, list of grievances, resoultion.
2 Step Two
As a follow--up, students can write their own Declarations based on a list of grievances. They can create it using Google Docs. Be sure to emphasize the parts of a good declaration and the power of loaded words, logos and pathos, etc.
3 Step Three
4 Step Four
Have students share the Google Doc of their Declarations with a partner. The partner watches/listens to the other's Declaration and and use the comment feature in Google Docs to identify parts of the declaration and to give feedback on their speaking skills
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.