Understanding The Declaration of Independence

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Experience learning about the Declaration of Independence in a fun and engaging way with this Notebook Companion™!

Students will read the entire Declaration of Independence line-by-line alongside a modern kid-friendly translation of what each line means. Along the way, they’ll learn about the history and events surrounding the Declaration of Independence plus draw and write in response to what they learn.

Understanding The Declaration of Independence is a Notebook Companion™ to The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence (sold separately, available in our store!).

194 black and white pages | for grades 3 and up

Get the American Revolution Coloring Notebook for free with purchase!

Optional Add-Ons

Add The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence hardback (required book)
Add the digital version of Understanding The Declaration of Independence (normally $9.95)

Understanding the Declaration of Independence


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The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States, but reading and understanding it can be a challenge to modern readers. The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence by Bushel & Peck Books makes it easy to understand, and our Notebook Companion™ guides students as they read the book.

Our open-ended narration questions encourage students to think about what they have read, and plenty of opportunities to sketch in response to the lessons are provided.

Understanding The Declaration of Independence is broken into 43 lessons that can be completed at whatever pace works for your family. It’s open-and-go and requires no prep-work.

Several lessons at the beginning and end of the book focus on the historical setting of the American Revolution and on the nation’s history in modern times. The remaining lessons walk students through the Declaration of Independence line by line in easy-to-digest sections.

American Revolution Coloring Notebook

Each lesson includes:

  • Space to copy the portion of the original Declaration of Independence that is shared
  • Space to copy a modern readable declaration of independence (kid-friendly translation) of what the portion means
  • Notebooking questions from the bonus text included on each page such as information about key leaders, historical events, Great Britain’s actions prior to and in response to the Declaration of Independence, and more
  • Space to draw a person, event, or other subject related to the lesson
  • One or more optional writing prompts that challenge students to write short pieces of fiction or nonfiction in response
  • One or more optional research projects for older students that challenge them to dig deeper into various related people, events, and topics through independent research

Many lessons also include vocabulary work for key words shared throughout the text. A bonus glossary project is also included for students to record the vocabulary words featured in the study.

Some of the many people your students will learn about include:

  • Richard Stockton
  • John Hancock
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington
  • Richard Henry Lee
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Morris
  • Samuel Adams
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Roger Sherman
  • Thomas Nelson, Jr.
  • King George III
  • Lord North
  • Thomas Gage

This publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ is the perfect tool to help your students truly understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence.

The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence

The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence is a required book for our Notebook Companion™ and sold separately. Created with publisher approval, our Notebook Companion™ follows along with the book so you can get the most out of it.

The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence is written in a way to help kids understand the Declaration of Independence. Oftentimes historical documents are difficult to understand (even for adults!), but this books breaks it down in easy-to-digest nuggets.

The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence

Using words and phrases that kids can understand, the book simplifies each part of this important historical document and explains what each section means. Colorful illustrations, helpful definitions, and other interesting facts round out this brilliant way to dive into the original language and meaning of this founding document.

The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence inside pages

Bonus Freebie

Get the American Revolution Coloring Notebook for FREE with the purchase of Understanding the Declaration of Independence.

The American Revolution Coloring Notebook includes 21 coloring pages and 21 corresponding notebooking pages, each featuring a key person from the American Revolution.

The notebooking pages give students a chance to record what they have learned about the individual or write questions they have and what they’d like to learn about key figures from the Revolutionary War. Individuals included are:

  • Abigail Adams
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • Crispus Attucks
  • Ethan Allen
  • General Charles Cornwallis
  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • John Hancock
  • John Paul Jones
  • King George III
  • Molly Pitcher
  • Nathan Hale
  • Nathanael Greene
  • Patrick Henry
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Samuel Adams
  • Sybil Ludington
  • Thomas Paine
  • Paul Revere

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