Students are often familiar with the language of the Declaration of Independence and the reasons for writing it, but often overlooked are the ideas in this document that have helped to establish American values that we continue to appreciate today. John Locke strongly influenced Thomas Jefferson in composing this crucial document in the fight for freedom. By exploring part of the path that Jefferson took in forming his thoughts, students will have an authentic history lesson that brings the journey of America’s independence to life. The work-time activity for students will help develop their writing skills by requiring them to select and interpret a quote from a primary source, relate it to another document, and explain its current relevance using examples. Making a present-day connection helps students understand what it meant to fight for freedom and how important it is to preserve it today.

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