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


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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.


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


courtesy of FL Department of Education‚Äč

Discovery Education


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

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 2, Section 2 - p. 34-37