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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Digging Into the Declaration of Independence

We have begun our unit on the Charters of Freedom (the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom).  We discussed the Declaration of Independence in our previous chapter, but we often have to review the details and meaning of the document.

In the spirit of review, I'm combining a couple of my old posts that have inspired me to combine reading comprehension strategies in this unit.

First, Close Reading.

I find that you can copy the text and have them annotate, or you can use page protectors over the text and use dry erase markers to annotate.

Second, textmapping.  This is similar to Close Reading, but it has the students annotating together and all the pages are copied, taped together, and laid out so students can view the entire selection at once.

I made a PowerPoint that goes into detail on this and other nonfiction comprehension strategies.  You can pick up a free copy by clicking here.

Some suggested resources for reviewing the Declaration of Independence:

This is a magazine similar to Time for Kids, but it's all about certain subjects (the Declaration in this case).  It's not free, but it's worth a look.  Check it out by clicking here.

You could do this with just about any book, but it definitely works best with nonfiction.

Do you have any books or resources for teaching The Charters of Freedom?

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