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Our Declaration of Independence

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Mr. Strickland and his Seventh Grade Civics classes at Wilkerson Middle School.


Malachi Wilkerson Middle School; Birmingham City Schools


The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in our nation's history.  Its words and ideas are still quoted by everyone from our nation's to our community's leaders.  The children in Mr. Strickland's seventh grade Civics classroom present here their own interpretation of an excerpt from the document.  The students used humor, metaphor, and sometimes literal translations of Jefferson's Declaration of Natural Rights.  The video makes a terrific study helper for those attempting to learn the Declaration.

Length: 02:44

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SS2010 (7) Civics
2. Explain essential characteristics of the political system of the United States, including the organization and function of political parties and the process of selecting political leaders.
  • Describing the influence of John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Paine, Niccolò Machiavelli, Charles de Montesquieu, and François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) on the political system of the United States

    National/Other Standards:

    NSS-C.5-8.2 FOUNDATIONS OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEMWhat are the Foundations of the American Political System?

    What is the American idea of constitutional government?
    What are the distinctive characteristics of American society?
    What is American political culture?
    What values and principles are basic to American constitutional democracy?


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