Blend reading, writing, and historical concepts with the Declaration of Independence worksheet.
The Declaration of Independence Worksheet
What was the Declaration of Independence? When was it signed? What did it do? Why did it anger the British government? How did the Declaration of Independence lead to the American Revolution? These are just a few questions that your students will uncover the answers to with a Declaration of Independence constructed response worksheet.
This worksheet integrates Social Studies and Writing concepts. This two-page resource consists of the following Declaration of Independence activities:
- Students will read a short passage about the Declaration of Independence.
- Students will then complete a R.A.C.E.S. graphic organizer to plan out their response to a prompt.
- Students record their answer as a constructed response paragraph, and use a checklist to verify that all parts are included.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:
- Guided writing groups
- Lesson warm-up
- Lesson wrap-up
- Fast finishers
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
Fast Finisher Activity
- Challenge your fast finishers to extend their constructed response topic into a research project or essay development activity.
Support Struggling Students
- Support struggling writers or ESL students by providing sentence frames to aid them in constructing their sentences.
- Read the passage together and highlight ideas that could be used as evidence and supporting details.
Easily Download & Print
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to download the PDF version of this resource.
To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York, and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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