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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE NAME: ________Jason Ryoo____ CLASS: _1B___DATE: 4/7/20_____________________ Activity One—Background The Declaration of Independence is a statement originally composed by Thomas Jefferson, then adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It announced that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves 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.). FIRST READ/LISTEN: SECOND READ: What does it say? THIRD READ: How does it say it? Paragraph 1 provides exigence (the reason why the document was written). What is the purpose of this declaration? This section of the DoI is called the preamble. What is the purpose of a preamble? Jefferson notes that “all men are created equal,” suggesting that this was “self-evident.” What is meant by that statement? How does Jefferson’s writing style shift in this section? 1
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient

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