Declaration of Independence Timeline

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Signing of the Declaration of Independence Timeline

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Using a timeline layout, students will outline the events leading to the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Teachers can pre-select events for students to choose from, or students may choose their own. Protests, boycotts, and major figures are all items that could be included. Students will be able to explain and analyze how events unfolded leading to the creation of the Declaration. This activity will also provide students with a broader historical perspective on events. Reference the timeline activities in both Events to the Revolution and The American Revolution lesson plans for more in-depth ideas.


Students may choose to illustrate the following events (among others):

  • French and Indian War
  • Proclamation of 1763
  • Boston Massacre
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord
  • Signing of the Declaration of Independence


  • Extended Activity

    Have students research and create a timeline about events in France that led to the creation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Have students compare and contrast the grievances and issues that led to both documents.



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Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing the major events leading up to the Declaration of Independence.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add cells to your timeline as needed.
  3. List out each of the events in sequential order.
  4. In the description boxes, describe the events.
  5. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save the storyboard and submit it to the assignment.
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