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

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Expectations for student writing

Teachers should see evidence that students understand the political ideas and principles articulated in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. Those principles include, but are not limited to:

Students should cite specific portions of the text and be able to paraphrase or explain that text in their own words to support their explanation.

Extension Activities

  1. Compare the preamble of the Declaration of Independence to contemporary political speeches to analyze the endurance of the principles advocated by the founders.

  2. Draw connections between the Declaration of Independence and other major American state papers including the Federalist Papers, United States Constitution (including the Bill of Rights); the Gettysburg Address, etc.

  3. Compare the Declaration of Independence to similar documents used in other countries to justify revolution.

Student Handout 1

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