Delaware Recommended Curriculum Close Reading Lesson Title: The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence



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Delaware Recommended Curriculum

Close Reading Lesson Title: The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence1

Author: Michael Feldman

Smyrna School District

Content Area: Social Studies

Grade Level: 8

Goal for the Lesson

Students will examine the preamble of the Declaration of Independence to understand the reasoning and principles used to justify declaring independence from Great Britain as well as the fundamental principles that form the foundation of America’s political ideology.



Content Standards

Civics Standard Two 6-8b: Students will understand the principles and content of major American state papers such as the Declaration of Independence; United States Constitution (including the Bill of Rights); and the Federalist Papers.

Essential Question


  • How are the principles of major American state papers guaranteeing liberty to contemporary Americans?




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