Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has worked in Elementary Education since 1993 - both as a classroom teacher and administrator. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

The Declaration of Independence was a document by which American colonists declared their independence from Great Britain. This lesson plan helps students explore this important document.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Discuss the creation of the Declaration of Independence
  • Rewrite the Declaration of Independence using modern wording


This lesson will take 1-2 class periods

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Printed copies of the Declaration of Independence (one for each student)
  • Printed copies of the video lesson transcript (one for each student)
  • Access to the video lesson, The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy
  • Access to the quiz
  • Writing materials for group work
  • Computer access for students

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