Close-Read - La Declaracion de la Independencia
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by David Jaramillo
| 6 Questions
Note from the author:
This GoFormative allows students to read the important parts of the document so that they can deconstruct the dense language of the Declaration of Independence.
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Write the central idea of the Preamble (the introduction).
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In the second paragraph, how is the word unalienable used in the text?

"...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, LIberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
replaceable
non-negotiable


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Paraphrase the follow excerpt from the text:

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Hapiness."
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Page 1-3 of this document is a list of actions that the King of England has done that pushed the colonists to want independence.

Pick three (3) from the list and paraphrase them.
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What is the central idea of this paragraph?
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What does the word absolved mean in this part of the text?

"...by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Alliegence to the British Brown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved..."
uninvolved
joyful
united
concerned
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