Lesson Plan : Who were these Men?

Teacher Name:
 beth
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Who were the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Content:
 Describe who these men are and speculate why each of them was chosen to put their names on this document. Did these men recognize the danger they were in after the document was ratified?
Goals:
 Each student will be able to describe new facts about historial documents, whether it be a trivial fact or entirely new area of curiosity.Each student will walk away from the course being able to demonstrate the concepts and ideals of the founding fathers.
Objectives:
 Full participation in the group activity and ignite a new curiosity into further research outside of class work.
Materials:
 Overhead projector; overhead sheets; $2 bills to pass around to share the back side of the bill; index cards; handouts.
Introduction:
 "I have passed out 13 index cards and a small number of $2 bills; and I expect to get them all back before the hour has expired." "What is the scene on the back of the bill you are all sharing?
Development:
 "Who are the people on those index cards you are sharing?" Open up conversation amoungst the students, let them openly interpret what they have.
Practice:
  First overhead of John Hancock signature. They will/should have it figured it from there. Discuss other names and their significance
Accommodations:
 "So what are most of you?" How have you changed the world as we saw it in 1776 and are those changes still prevalant? HW: Find 5 men from the list of signatures and research who this people are and what they accomplished in their life time. Each peson will have a write up single spaced and half-page long.
Checking For Understanding:
 "So what are most of you?" How have you changed the world as we saw it in 1776 and are those changes still prevalant? HW: Find 5 men from the list of signatures and research who this people are and what they accomplished in their life time. Each peson will have a write up single spaced and half-page long.
Closure:
  Tell them what it might be like if this document and others like it were never drafted and never put forth in the colonies in the 1700's
Evaluation:
 See if their papers reflect that they took the lesson seriously and they took soecial care to write a proper paper

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