Declaration of Independence taught as a breakup letter in Calif. school

08/20/2014 | Modesto Bee (Calif.), The

Juniors in a California U.S. history class recently started studying the Declaration of Independence by first examining their own struggles for independence -- from a romantic partner, for example, or from parents as they head into adulthood. The three social studies teachers who crafted the lesson wanted the students to engage in critical thinking first. The teachers used targeted questions instead of lectures during the lesson about the historic document, which they called "the best break-up letter in the history of the world."

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