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United States History. Mr. Weber Room 217. Activator. 1. What is the Declaration of Independence?

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united states history

United States History

Mr. Weber

Room 217

  • 1. What is the Declaration of Independence?
  • 2. Do you think that the principles of the Declaration of Independence – “All human beings were created equal” and respect for “inalienable rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” have been made true today?
  • Activator, agenda, and objective (10 minutes)
  • Declaration of Independence writing (20 minutes)
  • CST release questions quiz (15 minutes)
  • Exit ticket and homework (5 minutes)
  • Students will…
    • 11.1.1 Describe the Enlightenment and the rise of democratic ideas as the context in which the nation was founded.
    • 11.1 Analyze the significant events surrounding the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence..
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Making Connections
  • Using the underlined phrases, write a short essay describing how Thomas Jefferson used the Enlightenment ideas of Locke, Rousseau, and Montesquieu in writing the Declaration of Independence.
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Quiz Show
  • Answer the following quiz questions in groups.
  • Each member of the group writes down their answer.
  • First group to raise their hand gets called.
  • If they get in wrong, it goes to the group who raised their hands second.
  • Everyone writes the question and then the correct answer in their note books.
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QuizQuestions 1-2
  • 1. The Enlightenment is known as the age of
    • A) Optimism and progress.
    • B) Skepticism and progress.
    • C) Natural law and regression.
    • D) Natural law and skepticism.
  • 2. The English philosopher John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690) led many to embrace
    • A). Deism.
    • B) “Rational" religion.
    • C) Religious fanaticism.
    • D) The religious revivals of the Great Awakening.
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Quiz Questions 3-4
  • 3. Enlightenment Deists--including Franklin and Jefferson--believed that God
    • A) Miraculously intervened in the working of the universe.
    • B) Left the universe to operate according to natural law.
    • C) Persecuted fanatics and "enthusiasts".
    • D) Gave direct mandates and visions to Christians.
  • 4. The belief held by Enlightenment philosophers, advocating a social contract, currently found in the United States Constitution is
    • A) Judicial review.
    • B) Checks and balances.
    • C) Sovereignty of the people.
    • D) Separation of powers.
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Bonus Round: CST Released Questions
  • 5. What effect did the Enlightenment have on political thought in the colonies?
    • A) Colonial Leaders began extending voting rights to all citizens.
    • B) The 1st Continental Congress determined a need for the bill of rights.
    • C) Colonial Leaders began advocating for a state-supported church.
    • D) Colonists began to question the authority of the British monarchy.
  • 6. The Declaration of Independence elaborates on the Enlightenment ideals of
    • A) Natural rights.
    • B) Collective Ownership.
    • C) Religious freedom.
    • D) Political Equality.
exit ticket and homework
Exit ticket and homework
  • Homework
    • Everyone: research the U.S. Constitution and bring in written evidence of your findings:
      • What is it? What does it do? Why is it important?
    • Advanced: Also research a modern constitutional issue.