HIS 102 and 112
Declaration Paragraph Assignment




Independence 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 credit gamillos.
ps.  The "Liberty Bell" no longer hangs in the steeple, but rests across the street in a separate exhibit.

Independence Hall
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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  Before you read the Declaration, please read the Sample Historical Document Analysis, if you have not already done so.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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