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Name: __________________________________________The Declaration of Independence by Thomas JeffersonActivity One—Background The Declaration of Independenceis a statement originally composed by Thomas Jefferson, then adopted by theContinental Congress on July 4, 1776. It announced that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regardedthemselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.Activity Two—Close Reading/Annotation of the Text Read the Declaration of Independence printed for you below. As you read, use the questions in the right margin to guide your annotations. (Keep in mind that this document was written before the regulation of spelling and capitalization.) You will complete paragraphs 1-2 as a class. Your teacher will assign your group additional paragraphs to annotate.[1] IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,Why would it be important for the decision to separate from Britain to be unanimous
?Paragraph 1 provides exigence (the reason whythe document was written). What is the purpose of this declaration? [2]
that statement?

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