The Declaration, Her Declaration, Your Declaration

Photograph of the Declaration of Independence

Overview

Students analyze the text of the Declaration of Independence and the  poem “Declaration” by U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith. After, students create their own Declaration erasure poems that speak to their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

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Grade

High School, Middle School

Subjects

Civics, English Language Arts

Length

80-100 minutes

Topics

Declaration, declaration of independence, erasure poetry, poem, Tracy K. Smith

Author

Primary Source Nexus

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