- I can summarize the main ideas and important points of The Declaration of Independence
- I can explain and evaluate the relevance of the Declaration of Independence.
It’s the most important document in American history – the Declaration of Independence. It was written 242 years ago … does it still matter today? Your task for our next class is to dig in to the text of the DOI using the AWESOME “Notice and Note” signposts that you have used in classes before. The instructions and document will be shared on Google Docs, and you should have a copy in your GDrive. Wade through the 1,458 words of the document to really analyze the ideas and claims of Thomas Jefferson and the Second Continental Congress. (BROWSE THROUGH THE LONG LIST OF GRIEVANCES – OK?) You can also use this podcast from Colonial Williamsburg to help!
Once you are done, think about what the DOI says, what it means, what it symbolizes, what it stands for, how it relates to you, and then come to class with some ideas about this question – Does the Declaration of Independence still matter today?
Want some DOI fun? Check out “Too Late to Apologize” from the folks at Soomo Publishing- the lyrics are available as well! (As a history teacher, I think I am required to show you this.)
Below are some awesome links about the DOI – take a look if you get a chance!
The National Archives – Charters of Freedom – http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/declaration.html – The National Archives provides a great site about the DOI, including actual images, articles about the DOI, and the opportunity to join the signers.
A User’s Guide to the Declaration of Independence – Founding.com has a great interactive site detailing the political philosophy of the DOI. Check it out!