21 Jacob Graff’s Boarder

and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. Jefferson completed the Declaration of Independence on June 28. He showed it to Adams, Franklin, and the other members of the Committee of Five. They made a few changes, but for the most part the words that Thomas Jefferson had written on the second floor of Jacob Graff’s rooming house would be the words debated in just a few days by the delegates to the Continental Congress.

Text-Dependent Question Who were the five delegates to the Second Continental Congress that were asked to write the Declaration of Independence? Research Project With a group of friends, write a skit re-enacting the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. Make sure to explain in the dialogue why this document was drafted, and discuss important points that the delegates to the Second Continental Congress discussed in 1776. When your skit is completed, perform it for the class with your friends.

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