The Declaration of Independence Resource Set
The resource set includes additional sources to accompany the Primary Source Set and Lesson Ideas to help extend lessons and further student understanding. Primary Source Analysis Worksheets are available on the Elementary Primary Source Sets main page.
The "Original Rough Draft" of the Declaration of Independence, shows the evolution of the text from the initial "fair copy" draft by Thomas Jefferson to the final text adopted by Congress on the morning of July 4, 1776
Creating the United States (Interactive, Library of Congress)
Connect particular phrases and ideas set down in the Declaration of Independence with texts that preceded it.
National Archives Declaration of Independence webpage with copies of the document
A timeline of major events leading to and following the writing of the Declaration of Independence at the Library of Congress
In February 1778, Timothy Pickering Jr., a general in George Washington’s Continental Army, wrote his dying father this moving letter of farewell on February 23, 1778, from his post in Yorktown, Virginia. Timothy Pickering Jr. revered his father but disagreed with him on one critical issue: colonial independence from Great Britain.
Extravagant and Inadmissible Claim of Independency. An article with the story of England's reaction to the Declaration of Independence including King George III address to Parliament Oct. 31, 1776.