Being An American ELL

The Declaration of Independence (ELL)

Clock Two fifty-minute class periods

In this lesson, students will explore the structure, purpose, and significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze the concepts of inalienable or natural rights and government by consent to begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America’s constitutional government

Founding Principles

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Consent of the Governed

The government's power is only justified when its power comes from the will or approval of the people.

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Equality

Every individual is equal to every other person in regards to natural rights and treatment before the law.

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Inalienable / Natural Rights

Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.

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Liberty

Except where authorized by citizens through the Constitution, the government does not have the authority to limit freedom.

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