Reflection: Analyzing and Evaluation "The Declaration of Independence" - Section 2: Analyzing and Evaluating "The Declaration of Independence"


Students truly performed much better on this analysis and evaluation, offering strong claims, more specific connections between claims, and more specific evaluations than our previous, oral evaluations.

A variety of factors influenced this success:

First, we read together. Students received immediate feedback on their comprehension of the text via our Read-Write-Share sessions and were able to take notes to correct or enhance their initial understandings.

Second, students received feedback on several prior assignments (practice makes perfect) and on their initial attempt with this specific analysis.

Third, the text was more familiar in the first place; everyone at least knows what role "The Declaration" played in our national history.

As we move on, I need to make use of these factors to create continued success with the skill. Reading together is first on the list.

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Analyzing and Evaluation "The Declaration of Independence"

Unit 5: Finding and Evaluating Claim and Evidence in Informational Texts
Lesson 13 of 18

Objective: Students will be able to identify central ideas, explain how they relate, and evaluate them by analyzing "The Declaration of Independence."

Big Idea: "The Declaration of Independence" led to our national freedom, but was it effective?

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