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Lesson Plan: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress

Lesson Details

Subject: History

Grade Level: High School

Duration: 1 hour

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the historical context and significance of the Declaration of Independence
  • Understand the key ideas and principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence
  • Can analyze and interpret primary source documents related to the Declaration of Independence

Methodology

This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and primary source analysis.

Resources/Materials

  • Copies of the Declaration of Independence
  • Primary source analysis worksheet
  • Whiteboard and markers

Activities

  1. Introduction (10 minutes): The teacher will provide a brief overview of the historical context leading up to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
  2. Lecture (15 minutes): The teacher will provide a detailed explanation of the key ideas and principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
  3. Discussion (20 minutes): Students will engage in a class discussion about the significance of the Declaration of Independence and its impact on American history.
  4. Primary Source Analysis (15 minutes): Students will work in pairs to analyze a section of the Declaration of Independence using the primary source analysis worksheet.
  5. Conclusion (5 minutes): The teacher will summarize the key takeaways from the lesson and provide an opportunity for students to ask questions.

Assessment

Assessment will be based on participation in class discussion and completion of the primary source analysis worksheet.

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10 months ago
This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies.

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