Need some good resources to teach about the Declaration of Independence? The Library of Congress offers The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation lesson plan that includes primary sources from the original “Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence. What better way to get students involved than to show them how our country came to be?
In this lesson plan you will find links to everything you need, including downloadable high resolution images of the Declaration of Independence, resources to help create background knowledge, and a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing this lesson plan in your classroom. You can also cross-list the lesson plan with state standards!
Like any of the Library of Congress resources, you can easily adapt them to meet your needs. Want to add a writing activity? How about using the Short Story Contest Activity by having students write short stories from different historical perspectives.