The Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan

  • 22 pages
  • Subject: Ethos, Historical Context, Logos, Pathos, Rhetorical Devices, Lesson Plans and Educational Resources
  • Common Core Standards: RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.9, SL.11-12.1
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Additional The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America Resources

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This lesson plan focuses on how Jefferson employs specific rhetorical devices for persuasive effect in the Declaration of Independence. Students will identify examples of ethos, pathos, and logos in the text and explain why they are effective in supporting the American colonists’ claim for independence. In studying these rhetorical devices, students will be better able to describe the ideas Jefferson presents in the declaration and assess the effectiveness of his persuasive arguments.

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