Write Your Own Declaration of Independence
Now that you have read and analyzed the Declaration of Independence, it is your turn to write your own.
Remember, the Declaration has a Five Part Structure:
1) A Preamble which answers the question: Why are we writing this document?
2) A Philosophical Foundation which answers the question: What gives us the right to declare our independence?
3) A List of Grievances which answers the question: How have our basic rights been violated? (at least 5)
4) An Explanation of Previous Actions which answers the question: What have we already done to solve our problems up to this point?
5) A Resolution which answers the question: What do we now intend to do?
Choose an area or issue in your own life from which you would like to declare independence. Write your own Personal Declaration of Independencein which you follow the same Five-Part Structure.
How long does it have to be?It needs to use all five parts and develop each as thoroughly and as creatively as you can.
It needs to be typed with all of the usual conventions (12 pt font, 1 inch margins, double spaced).