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Day 1: The Declaration of Independence

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6
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Students need to understand that the American War for Independence was the culmination of several decades of resistance by colonists. They had tried to petition King George III and he repeatedly ignored them. For example, he suspended the legislatures. Grounding their rights in English constitutional law, the colonists appealed to the British government as citizens of the Crown. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text. Students will need a text copy of the Declaration of Independence (1776). The paragraphs of the Declaration should be numbered. Students will need chart paper. Students will need note cards or sticky notes.
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