To supplement their
study of the American Revolution in civics class, eighth graders tackled the
complex text The Declaration of Independence in reading class. Students focused on identifying the texts'
main ideas and translating it into modern day English.
believe that Thomas Jefferson meant for the Declaration to be dramatically
performed , students revealed their understanding of the document by completing
their own dramatic reading in our makeshift Independence Hall.
Eighth graders were
assigned a short passage from the Declaration to practice reading with proper
phrasing, pronunciation, emphasis, pause and tone. As “experts” of the text, students
completed an impressive dramatic reading of this important document! Many students even memorized their passages
for extra credit.