P01_The Declaration of Independence
Create an additional child node (off the central idea) for each paragraph of the actual document. Label each of the nodes respectively: Para.#1, Para.#2, Para.#3, etc.
A. Assign a member of your group to each of the paragraphs you identified in the original document.
B. The assigned student must ‘translate’ the given paragraph into plain, simple, 21st C. English. Assume you are translating for another person who does not have your background knowledge. Write your translation in the mind map node dedicated to the paragraph you were assigned.
C. Any student that may not have a paragraph assigned should be editing the writing of the group members who are translating.
Tip: When translating (for brevity, conciseness, and clarity) the translated text is often shorter (fewer words) than the original.
II. The Greatest Argument Ever Given
The Declaration of Independence is an argument expressed on parchment. All arguments have component parts that unfurl the logic and substance of the argument. Generally, an argument…
A. States that there is a problem.
B. States why it’s proper to make the argument.
C. States evidence/ proof that the argument is valid and a product of fact.
D. Concludes with a ‘new’ condition that replaces the flawed or contested premise.
Return to the translated paragraphs of the document and determine where each part of the logical argument arises. Discuss with your group partners the source of the inspiration that led the nation’s founders to make such an argument.
III. Word Cloud Analysis
Using a word cloud generating application, create a word cloud of your document. Insert an image of that word cloud into your mindmap and complement it with an analysis of the word cloud. What could have been the overriding issues of the document author(s)?
IV. Presentation Focus Question
Look at the phase II questions I gave your group. These questions were meant to aid in discovering the goals of the author. The founders wrote this document as an argument. They believed that this argument was sufficient to break away from the Mother Country and acquire a place among the other free and sovereign states of the world. The war for independence was not over when this document was written; therefore, the American colonies were not yet free of British rule. This implies that the freedom of the American colonies, and the entire argument expressed in the Declaration of Independence, had nothing to do with winning a war. What, then, would justify American independence if not victory in a military conflict? (Be prepared to support your views with reference to specific parts of the document).