The Declaration of Independence
Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources

The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"
The 2 activities in this lesson explore the documents whose ideas influenced the Declaration and summarize the Declaration's main ideas. Includes printable handouts (Adobe Reader required for access.)

The Declaration of Independence: Rewriting the Rough Draft
At this interactive site, students see the rough and final draft versions side by side and are invited to choose the version they think is better. Designed as an introductory activity for grades 4-12.

Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence
The 8 activities in this lesson explore the process Jefferson used to write the document and historical influences from other documents.