What You Need to Know:

SS.7.C.1.4: Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

Vocabulary:

Consent of the governed: an agreement made by the people to establish a government and abide by its laws

Declaration of Independence: a document written in 1776 that listed the basis for democratic government and the grievances of the colonists

Derive: to take

Despotism: a system of government where the ruler has unlimited power

Grievance: a complaint

Impose: to establish by using authority or power

Liberty: an individual’s right to be free

Oppression: the use of authority or power in a cruel or unjust manner

Quarter: to house

Self-evident: obvious, having no need of proof

Unalienable rights: basic rights of the people that may not be taken away

Usurpation: the act of exercising power by force

Natural rights: the belief that individuals are born with basic rights that cannot be taken away by governments

Learning Scale

4.0 I can analyze the ideas and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

3.0 I can explain the ideas and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

2.0 With help, I can identify and partially explain the ideas and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

1.0 Even with help, I struggle to identify and/or explain the ideas and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence

Block 1

  • Please explain the concept of natural rights as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. How are Natural Rights described in the Declaration.
  • Please also identify the natural rights specifically expressed in the Declaration of Independence. What are the Natural rights listed in the Declaration. 

Block 2

Please analyze the relationship between natural rights and the role of government by putting into your own words the following statements:

1. People are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

2. Governments are instituted among men to secure these rights.

3. Governments derive their just powers from the consent of governed.

4. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.

Use this link to find the answer.

Colonial Grievances Slide Show

Gateway Book Pages: 24 – 25

Block 3

Please list the Colonial Grievances that are listed in the Declaration of Independence, as well as their interpretation. Then tell me why the colonists felt each grievance violated their natural rights.   

Gateway Book Pages: 24 – 25

Use this slide show to learn the Colonial Grievances listed in the Declaration.

Colonial Grievances Slide Show

Test Your Knowledge

Declaration of Independence Quizlet
Declaration of Independence Grievances Quizlet