HIS 102 and 112
Declaration Paragraph Assignment
Hall on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA was built between 1732 and
1753 (it took over twenty years to build for those of you who are
math-challenged) and was the site of most of the meetings of the Second
Continental Congress that adopted and signed the U.S. Declaration of
Independence on 4 July 1776 during the hot summer of '76. Photo
ps. The "Liberty Bell" no longer hangs in the steeple, but rests across the street in a separate exhibit.
Read the American Declaration of
Independence (along with the document background notes
and the study questions). Before you read the Declaration,
please read the Sample Historical
if you have not already done so. Answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the American Declaration of Independence (not from the textbook), how was the American Declaration of
Independence a product of Enlightenment thought?
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in
Charlie's History Writing Center for
additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.
The Declaration Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.
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