This week, citizens across Canada and the United States celebrate their respective Independence Day.
The Constitution Act, 1867 united the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a single nation called Canada. Each year on July 1, parades, firework displays, barbecues, and celebrations are held in honor of Canada Day. Discovery Education users in Canada can learn more about the history, government, and culture of Canada by exploring the Canada Day content collection.
On July 4, 1776, the former thirteen British colonies that made up the United States formally declared their independence from Britain with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Discovery Education users in the United States can find out more about the early history of the United States by investigating the Declaration of Independence content collection.
After introducing Independence Day with the Canada Day and Declaration of Independence content collections, challenge students to a poetry slam. First, have each student create a word cloud by writing words or phrases they think of when they hear the word independence. Next, divide the class into groups of four or five students. Each group must use their word cloud and knowledge of Independence Day to create a poem. Each poem should aim to answer the following question: What does independence mean to you? Have each group of students perform their poems in front of the class. Each poem should last approximately 1-2 minutes.
Looking for more Independence Day resources?
America: Facts versus Fiction (Season 2): Red, White, and True?
The American Revolution: Rise of the Patriots
Citizen’s Rule: Symbols and Celebrations of America
Declaration of Independence
The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence