The Declaration of Independence ProjectEnglish IIIBy 1776, the American Colonists were tired of being mistreated by King George III of England. Because they could no longer endure the tyranny that was forced upon them, they decided to rebel. Thomas Jefferson wrote this historical document to inform the king they would no longer tolerate his rule over them. Today, as a result of the archaic language, many students find it difficult to comprehend. This activity will help students gain an understanding of its meaning.Objective: You will be expected to understand why this declaration is so important. Each student will also come to a realization of why so many people associate it with the "American Dream".Assignment: With a partner, write a break up letter or a pink slip (tell someone they are fired). The letter should be an interpretation of The Declaration of Independence, one that is easily understood by all teens. In short, translate The Declaration of Independence into modern English.Expectations:The letter needs to…State the reason for writing the breakup letter or pink slipGive three specific reasons the Colonists break up or fire King George IIIConclude with what you are going to do as a result of King George's actionsBe creative and original (do not plagiarize) in your writingStay true to the original Declaration of Independence (don't make up things that are not in the document)Be composed by both partnersGrade: This will be worth two Quiz gradesThis sheet needs to be turned in with the final copy as I will record your grade below. You will receive a 10 point deduction for not turning this paper in.Name: Class Period:The Declaration of Independence Project Grade Sheet
Stayed true to the original Declaration of Independence. Both partners worked equally on this project.
Organization - paper includes an introduction which states the reason for writing and has a clear focus (stays on topic); includes an effective conclusion that states what you will do because of the grief the King has forced upon the Colonists.
Support - thoughts are expressed clearly and directly; each reason comes from the "DofI" and is translated into modern English
Style and Fluency - essay is interesting and authentic; word choice is consistent, careful and precise; paper has been proof read to ensure no mistakes in grammar and spelling exist.
Excerpt from THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCEIn Congress, July 4th, 1776When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their...