Thomas Jefferson's original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, written in June 1776, including all the changes made later by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and other members of the committee, and by Congress.
CCSS RH 7.2- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinion. CCSS WHST 7.2a-f Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical process. Stone facsimile of the Declaration, created 1823. (GLC00154.02)
This handout analyzes the list of grievances in the Declaration of Independence. This is a different approach to asking students to summarize a primary source, which can be a challenge for some. Instead of students doing the summarizing, they are given a statement that they must prove by finding the exact words within the Declaration.
July 4, 1776. The declaration summarized the colonists motivation to get their independence. When they declared themselves an independent nation it made the American colonists make an official alliance with France, and get assistance from the French in the war against Great Britain. The declaration is the nations most cherished symbol of liberty. Jefferson made this summary of disagreements against the king to justify before breaking the ties from the mother country, and the colones.