For this activity, students will analyze and explain the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This activity is a good way to wrap up the causes and effects of events leading up to the American Revolution. Although it does take place in the midst of the revolution, it encapsulates the major ideas, problems, and tensions between colonists and the British while also providing context for how the American colonies finally and fully separated from Britain. The activity will also allow students to analyze a major primary source, the Declaration of Independence!
Students will complete a 5Ws analysis (Who, What, When, Where, and Why) to explain and break down the important details of the Declaration of Independence. This will provide a clear context of what the document means, the basics of its signing, and what the document's key messages are. It allows students to be creative when making their storyboards because they can design what they believe the signing of this major American document looked like.
Have students read and analyze 5-10 specific grievances located within the Declaration of Independence. Give them the actual text, but then have them break it down into their own words. First, they should examine words they see as most important to the document's key messages. Then, have them put the text into their own ‘modern-day' words on a storyboard with a visualization. This will allow the teacher to see who understands the messages, and to get a sense of what vocabulary the students know and understand.
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Create a storyboard outlining the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, and why) for the Declaration of Independence.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and HistoryCommon Core Standards