Liberty's Kids: Voting For Independence
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The Second Continental Congress votes to declare independence from Great Britain then refines the text of the Declaration of Independence. After the text is revised, the delegates sign the document and disseminate it to the colonists. George Washington reads the document to his local soldiers, and its words invigorate them to fight for independence.

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  1. Who authored the Declaration of Independence?
  2. Why do the delegates change some of Jefferson's words?
  3. What rights do the Americans have according to this Declaration?
  4. Why do we celebrate July 4th instead of July 2nd?

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  • Common Core State Standards
    Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical ...
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    Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account o...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the purposes of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bi...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constituti...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands important ideas in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, a...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the key elements and the purposes and explain the importance of the Declaration of Independ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify colonial grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence and explain how those grievan...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including colonization, revolution,...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the significance of the following dates: 1607, founding of Jamestown; 1620, arrival of the P...

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