Congress Declares Independence


US History The Revolutionary Era Congress Declares Independence
Students explore the story behind the Declaration of Independence. They will learn about the debate behind independence, why the Declaration of Independence was written, and how it was drafted and revised before it was finally adopted by Congress. Then they'll explore articles and images to discover how the document was shared with people throughout the colonies.

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In this experience, students explore the story behind the Declaration of Independence. They will learn about the debate behind independence, why the Declaration of Independence was written, and how it was drafted and revised before it was finally adopted by Congress. Then they’ll explore articles and images to discover how the document was shared with people throughout the colonies.

Objective:

  • Explain the steps Congress took to declare independence.


What is the story behind the Declaration of Independence? In this experience, you will learn about the debate behind independence, why the Declaration of Independence was written, and how it was drafted and revised before it was finally adopted by Congress. Then you’ll explore articles and images to discover how the document was shared with people throughout the colonies.

Objective:

  • Explain the steps Congress took to declare independence.




Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris


Look closely at the title and details in the painting above. This painting shows Thomas Jefferson (right), Benjamin Franklin (left), and John Adams (center). What are some details the painter is trying to show you about this event?



Review and discuss student answers. Some possible answers include:

Clue: Thomas Jefferson is shown with other delegates.

Meaning: He did not write this document alone.

Clue: There are lots of crumpled pieces of paper on the floor and table.

Meaning: They revised the document many times.

Clue: There are other books scattered on the floor and table.

Meaning: They relied on other sources to write the declaration.

Clue: Thomas Jefferson has red hair, and Adams and Franklin have gray hair.

Meaning: Thomas Jefferson was younger than the other delegates who wrote it.

Clue: The paper on the wall is a 1776 almanac.

Meaning: The declaration was written in 1776.


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