Declaration of Independence/UDHR

Causes of the Revolution - Declaration of Independence and Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Essential Questions
  1. What are the main ideas about mankind and government found within the Declaration of Independence?
  2. Were the colonists justified in declaring their independence from Great Britain?
  3. Compare and Contrast the Declaration of Independence with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  4. The Declaration of Independence inspired action on a national level.  Do any of the current human rights violations studied inspire action by individuals, our community or our nation?
Standards Directly Addressed in Unit:
  1. 8.6 - Analyze important political values embodied in documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights 
  2. 8.5 - Use historical evidence to determine and support a position about important political values and express the position coherently
  3. 8.7 - Identify significant events and people in the major eras of United States and world history   
  4. CCSS 8.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. 
Below you can find a link to a tutorial for the week, that will guide you through each section of the Declaration of Independence.  You may work through this tutorial independently, with a partner or small group, or with Mr. Symes, depending on your ideal work style, preference or comfort level. Tutorial

Declaration of Independence

  • Unalienable
  • Declaration
  • Tyranny
  • Oppression
  • Endowed
  • Rights
  • Controversy
  • Ratified
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Close Reading of the Preamble to the Declaration of Human Rights
  • Identify the Key Words and Concepts within each of the 30 Articles - Gallery Walk in Class
  • For one article, summarize in your own words, visualize, and find a modern example of a violation
  • Compare the UDHR with the Declaration of Independence