John Adams: Declaration of Independence
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Congress approves the Declaration of Independence which states that the colonies must be free and independent states. All delegates vote in favor of the document except for those from New York, who abstain from voting.

Public Discussion Questions


  1. What are examples both past and present that exemplify the message of the Declaration of Independence?
  2. Why is the room so quiet? Shouldn't they be happy that the Declaration had passed?
  3. Are there other words that could be used to mean the same thing? Would they have the same effect?

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Standards


This clip is associated with the following standards:
  • 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 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...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze and evaluate the text, intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence an...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the impact of political and legal ideas contained in the following documents: Hammurabi's C...

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Comments


  • AM Robinson
    over 1 year ago
    I used this clip with my New Arrival students. Coming to America to them has been a journey that I don't want them to forget. I want them to know that they are here for a purpose. This was perfect for them!
  • Jo-Ann Berry
    about 2 years ago
    I used this clip in American Literature class to show the power of words and the weight they can carry, and as a way to hear part of the Declaration read aloud.
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