Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

Description

Historian John Ferling describes the events leading up to America’s declaration of independence from Britain in July 1776.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Who were the Committee of Five and what was their task? Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  • What happened on July 1, 1776? Summarize the events of the day as described by Mr. Ferling.
  • What happened on July 2, 1776? What was the result of the vote?
  • According to Mr. Ferling, why do we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th each year?
  • AP Gov Additional Questions to Consider: How does the Constitution reflect the Declaration’s assertion that government “[derives] its just powers from the consent of the governed”? How do the Articles of Confederation reflect the Declaration’s assertion that governments are instituted to secure inalienable rights?

Additional Resources

Participants

Vocabulary

  • Colonies
  • Committee
  • Continental Congress
  • Delegation
  • Loyalist

Topics

AP U.S. Government Key TermsU.S. History

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh School