Breaking Down the Declaration of Independence

Lesson Duration

Author: Amy Crockett

Working in small groups, students will answer questions to help them break down the language and content of the Constitution.  Students consider the validity of the grievances and how the structure of the Declaration creates an argument for Independence.


  • The student will know the three parts of the Declaration of Independence.
  • The student will know what the founding fathers believed regarding rights.
  • The student will understand the grievances.
  • The student will know the basic reasons the Colonists felt the Declaration was necessary.

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