CELEBRATE FREEDOM WEEK was started in Texas by Rick Green while serving as a State Representative in March of 2001. Rick brought together more than 100 democrats and republicans as co-authors of The Teach Freedom Act, HB1776. Several states followed the example and the federal government then passed Constitution Day legislation in 2004.
By law, every Texas public school student must spend time each year during Celebrate Freedom Week studying the Declaration and the Constitution and even reciting those critical 56 words from the Declaration that sum up the American philosophy of freedom.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”
We need YOUR help to ensure that EVERY student is learning the principles of freedom in our Founding Documents. Read more at http://rickgreen.com/take-action/celebrate-freedom-week/
Students can use the Screencastify extension to relate to the Declaration of Independence.
What To Do
Create a Google Drawing, and add the DOI as an image to the background.
Then, use Screencastify to include general background information, facts about the signers, identifying grievances and showcasing favorite parts.
Students (by law) should include them reciting the 56 word introduction.
Sharing ThingLinks With The Class
Create .a Google Classroom assignment, and have students turn it in there.