Grade Level: 8 and High School Title: Declaration of Independence


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (Target standards)



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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (Target standards)


  • Social Studies U.S. History: 8.1 (A), (C)

8th Grade Social Studies TEKS:

(1)  History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in U.S. history through 1877. The student is expected to:

(A)  identify the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including …drafting of the Declaration of Independence…;

(C)  explain the significance of the following dates: … 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence;.

(4)  History. The student understands significant political and economic issues of the revolutionary era. The student is expected to:

(B)  explain the roles played by significant individuals during the American Revolution…Thomas Jefferson,;

(C)  explain the issues surrounding important events of the American Revolution, including declaring independence; 

(15)  Government. The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other important historic documents. The student is expected to:

(C)  identify colonial grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence

U. S. History, High School: HS 1(A), 23 (A)

High School Social Studies TEKS:

(1)  History. The student understands the principles included in the Celebrate Freedom Week program. The student is expected to:

(A)  analyze and evaluate the text, intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, and identify the full text of the first three paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence;

(23)  Citizenship. The student understands efforts to expand the democratic process. The student is expected to:

(A)  identify and analyze methods of expanding the right to participate in the democratic process, including lobbying, non-violent protesting, litigation, and amendments to the U.S. Constitution.





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