Using a timeline layout, students will outline the events leading to the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Teachers can pre-select events for students to choose from, or students may choose their own. Protests, boycotts, and major figures are all items that could be included. Students will be able to explain and analyze how events unfolded leading to the creation of the Declaration. This activity will also provide students with a broader historical perspective on events. Reference the timeline activities in both Events to the Revolution and The American Revolution lesson plans for more in-depth ideas.
Students may choose to illustrate the following events (among others):
Have students research and create a timeline about events in France that led to the creation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Have students compare and contrast the grievances and issues that led to both documents.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Timelines
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Create a timeline detailing the major events leading up to the Declaration of Independence.
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Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
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