Writing Your Own Declaration of Independence
The Founding Fathers risked their lives and the lives of their families to make a statement to the empire of Great Britain and the rest of the world. The document they created would have been viewed as treason by the British government, and had they failed in their great plight for independence they would likely have lost everything, including their lives.
Your task is to write your own Declaration of Independence. You must follow the guidelines below to create this document, which should mirror the real Declaration of Independence. Remember, that you must agree as a group on everything that is written, or else this Declaration will not be signed and supported by everyone who has helped to create it.
Guidelines for writing Declaration of Independence:
· Preamble: Discuss the reasons for why you are writing this Declaration. (From, “When in the Course of human Events” to “declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.”) What reasons do you believe you should declare your independence?
· Declaration of Student Rights: Explain what you believe, the philosophy and ideals behind your document. (From, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident….”) What beliefs about your independence do you have?
· List of Complaints/Grievances: List the person/persons to whom you are addressing your complaints, and what you specifically are complaining about. (From, “To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World….”) An example might be “Our Teachers have assigned an enormous amount of homework that we were forced to complete at times inconvenient.” (Caveat: You may not list any individuals by name, and all complaints must be intelligently worded and appropriate for school!)
· Statements of prior attempts to redress grievances: List the ways in which you have already tried to address your complaints. (From “Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren…”) In what ways have you already tried to address your complaints?
· Declaration of Independence: Describe how you want things to change as a result of this Declaration. (From “We, therefore…”) How would you want things to change if you became independent?
· You may use the same words that are written in the Declaration of Independence to help fill in your Declaration. For example, you may start off your Preamble with “In the course of human events….” Just remember to replace their ideas, complaints and what should be changed with your own.
Here is an example Student Declaration of Independence...