Revise and Finalize: The Declaration of Independence from the Rough Draft to the Final Copy

Duration: two 45-60 minute classes with optional extension activities

This lesson focuses on comparing Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence with the final copy. Examining the creation of the Declaration of Independence will deepen their understanding of this critical time in our nation’s history.

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  • Revise and Finalize - Primary Source Analysis Tool     View  |  Download

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Grade Level

Elementary School, Middle School

Type of Lesson

Document Analysis

Interdisciplinary Connections

Language Arts

Common Core Standards

Common Core Reading Standards for Informational Texts - Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Common Core Writing Standards – Research to Build and Present Knowledge
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Author Info

Name: Carol Thornton
School: Tracey’s Elementary School
School Address 20 Deale Road
City: Tracy’s Landing
State: Maryland