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Reading Expeditions (Social Studies: Documents of Freedom): The Declaration of Independence


Follow America's fight for freedom. Discover why Thomas Jefferson was asked to write the Declaration of Independence and what bold ideas about government and human rights he included in the document.
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Follow America's fight for freedom. Discover why Thomas Jefferson was asked to write the Declaration of Independence and what bold ideas about government and human rights he included in the document.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In July of 1776, a group of august residents of the Thirteen Colonies gathered in response to a true crisis. Rebellion against King George had occurred and the rift between the colonists and the British over issues of governance had spilled over into open warfare. Therefore, in a brave hearted move, the colonial representatives identified a cadre of their members to draft a statement of purpose and direction to base future actions upon. That written document was to known as the Declaration of Independence and its story is ably chronicled in this illustrated work. In this text, Judith Lloyd Yero describes both the history and importance of the Declaration of Independence. Originally penned by Thomas Jefferson, this document was unique in its nature and construction. Written at a time when the international norm in government was monarchy, the Declaration of Independence cites individual liberty and justice as the foundation for a new form of governance. In taking this bold step the original signatory members of this gathering took their very lives in their hands when they added their names to it. This story, as well as the modern applications of the ideas contained within the Declaration of Independence, is well handled in Ms. Yero's solid work. This is a well-written and carefully researched book and one that will appeal to readers interested in American history. Part of the "American Documents" series. 2006, National Geographic, and Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Using a combination of text, primary documents and sidebars, and full-color photos and reproductions, these introductions offer basic facts in easy-to-understand language. Bill of Rights is neither interesting nor well done. In highlighting the individual tenets, the text includes many present-day comparisons. However, with the abundance of facts and photographs, it is easy to see readers getting bogged down and a little lost as to which amendment is being described. Declaration is much more successful. It highlights the events of the early 1770s and explains the "why and how" that led the colonists to fight for independence. Sidebars include portraits of the signers and interesting facts that help to bring these men to life. Both books contain the complete texts of the documents under discussion. However, including The Virginia Declaration of Rights (Bill of Rights) and Thomas Jefferson's rough draft (Declaration) is a bit of overkill for this audience.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792245544
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Series: Reading Expeditions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Lloyd Yero is the author of Teaching in Mind: How Teacher Thinking Shapes Education. She lives in Hamilton, Montana.
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