4th of July Freebie – Declaration of Independence Mini Unit


With the 4th of July just around the corner, it seems like a great time to offer up my Declaration of Independence Freebie again. This freebie is a special project compiled from the Modern History Portfolio “classic” and the  Modern History Portfolio Junior. Notebooking activities promote observation and analysis, and include notetaking, outlining, vocabulary, Latin root words, copywork, and creative lettering.

Project Overview:

The Declaration of Independence mini unit and downloadable file in pdf, will produce a single fold, three-sided booklet, for each of three levels; approximately K – 2nd grade, 3rd – 4th grade, and 5th – 8th grade. But, of course, mix and match as is appropriate for your child or children. After reading aloud about the Declaration of Independence from various sources, complete 3 of the components per booklet.

Three Booklets - Three Levels

Three Booklets – Three Levels

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Included Topics:

– The background to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, information about Thomas Jefferson and why he was chosen to write it, the committee, the editorial process, and general contents;
– An exploration into the specific contents of the document;
– An exploration into the importance of the famous sentence from the preamble, “We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


Following are some recommended books. The Cornerstones of Freedom Declaration of Independence book, plus The Declaration of Independence, by Sam Fink, will be most useful. If you do want to complete the additional BONUS materials on the Background to the Revolutionary War, consider tracking down George vs. George, and the “If You Lived… book. Both are very good.

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7 Responses to 4th of July Freebie – Declaration of Independence Mini Unit

  1. Rhoda June 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Coming over from Homeschool Freebie of the Day and looking forward to checking out what all you have. Thank you for making this available to so many. Have a wonderful 4th.

    • Barbara Shukin June 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      Great! You are welcome. I always like to share when projects turn out well!

  2. Dineen June 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Thank you for this. I was wanting to do something with the Declaration of Independence with my kindergarten graduate this week. All the primary grade materials I’ve been finding have been focusing on picnics and fireworks and not the reasons for them. SHE chose a George Washington graphic biography from the library last week, so it opened up the avenue for some interesting discussion with our bright girl during bedtime reading.

    • Barbara Shukin June 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      You daughter has good taste! We are so blessed to have had, as out first president, such an honorable man.

  3. Debbie Phillips June 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Coming over from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. Thanks for the Freebie. Your site looks great.


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