The Declaration of Independence is, in essence, a break-up letter from the thirteen colonies to England. It has a very set form: it begins with a declaration of rights; it establishes how England should have treated them; then it moves on to the grievances that have led to this document; and finally, it ends with a formal declaration of independence. Students can connect to the idea of a “break-up letter” by writing their own.
Have students imagine it is their senior year of high school, and they are breaking up with their school. Have them craft a letter that:
After completing the writing for the assignment, have students storyboard the different parts of their letter.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Modern Day Adaptations: Parody and SatireCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard crafting a break up letter to your high school using the structure of the Declaration of Independence.
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