In this lesson, students will explore the structure, purpose, and significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze the concepts of inalienable or natural rights and government by consent to begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America’s constitutional government.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Declaration Scavenger Hunt Slips
Handout B: The Structure of the Declaration
Handout C: Key Excerpts
Handout D: A Note on the Signers The Declaration of Independence (Appendix A)