The Declaration of Independence (Part II)

Week 5: The Declaration of Independence (Part II)

 

READ:  K – 4:  The Declaration of Independence by Elaine Landau (Chapters 3 & 4)

5 – 6:  Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht Penner  OR The Liberty Tree by Lucille Recht Penner (Read page 20 – end)

7 -8:  Give Me Liberty! By Russell Freedman (Chps 5 – 9)

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DISCUSS:

  • Why did some people want to remain British citizens? (they liked Great Britain’s protection, they liked trading with Great Britain, many had relatives there or went to school there)
  • What happened at the Second Continental Congress? (Delegates argued over whether they should declare their independence from Great Britain.)
  • Was Great Britain’s army dangerous? (Yes, strongest army in world)
  • What were militias and Minutemen? (Groups of men willing to fight for independence; Minutemen could be ready to fight in a minute’s notice.)
  • Who was selected as Commander-in-Chief of the militias? (George Washington)
  • Who won the Battle of Bunker Hill?  Why were the patriots happy? ( The British won, but they lost half of their men)
  • Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? (Thomas Jefferson.)
  • Why was it brave to sign the Declaration of Independence? (If the men were caught they would be hanged.)
  • What did the Declaration say? (That men were entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that all men were created equal, it also listed many grievances against King.)
  • On what day was the final version of the Declaration approved? (July 4, 1776)
  • T/F King George was happy to take his troops out of the colonies and give them their own country. (F)

  ACTIVITIES: 

K – 2: Read the 1st sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence with your parent (use this site from government archives by clicking HERE , then color in this page from Calvary Williamsport by clicking HERE.

3 – 4:  Using the above site from government archives, copy the 1st sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and memorize it, then complete the following wordsearch from kaboose.com by clicking HERE.

5 – 6:   (See above website) Copy the 1st sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and memorize it, then complete the following tougher wordsearch from kaboose.com by clicking HERE.

7 – 8:  Read the entire Declaration of Independence.  (See above website) Copy the 1st sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and memorize it.   Then choose 10 complaints listed in the declaration and rewrite them in plain English OR write an essay describing why many colonists favored independence (use the declaration for help) and why many others chose to be loyalists.

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Copyright May 18th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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