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SS.7.C.1.3 - Colonial Concerns and the Writing of the Declaration of Independence

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General
Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.1.3

Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.


Overview: This summary will provide a review of the relationship between the English and the colonists during the time period between the French and Indian War in 1754 and the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. 

Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will trace the causal relationships between English/British policies, English responses to colonial grievances, and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Read more!
  • Students will recognize the underlying themes of English colonial policies concerning taxation, representation, and individual rights that formed the basis of the American colonists’ desire for independence. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which documents addressed colonial concerns about English policies?

A. Declaration of Independence

B. Mayflower Compact

C. U.S. Constitution

D. Bill of Rights


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The diagram below describes a cause that led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

C13 Moderate

Which action completes the diagram?

A. Colonial agriculture trade increases.

B. Colonial religious devotion increases.

C. Colonial demand for political change increases.

D. Colonial demand for military assistance increases.


Example Three (High Complexity)

Why did Parliament eventually repeal the Stamp Act, which taxed goods such as newspapers and playing cards?

A. The colonists established a blockade against British goods.

B. The colonists were able to produce their own goods.

C. The colonists started destroying British goods.

D. The colonists began boycotting British goods.


C.1.3 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

Britain vs America

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Discovery Education


  • Writing the Declaration of Independence (total length 4:31) from American History: Foundations of American Government

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Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 2, Section 2 - p. 34-37