Creating the Declaration
Now, it is up to the students to create a declaration of independence. This declaration is structured in the following way:
Section 1. What we believe is true and good behavior.
Section 2. List of things have happened that we don’t like and want to stop.
Section 3. Write that we are now independent and free, and describe what that looks like.
Section 4. Everyone who agrees signs the class’s declaration of independence.
As you continue to teach about the U.S. Independence Day to ESL students through the process of writing this document, keep the entire class working on the document. You can divide the class into groups, but it is more authentic if the entire class works on the document, together. If some students don't want to write the document, because they are struggling with ESL grammar, help including them in the group by asking for their opinions. When they have finished, simply tell them, “What you just finished doing is very similar to what happened in July 4, 1776. The only difference is that the United States leaders were writing to England and were talking about George III.