A big part of the AP English Language and Composition class is rhetoric: how to use language to convince, the formal architecture of argumentation. Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence” serves as a great blueprint for introducing such foundational terms as “inductive” and “deductive” reasoning in rhetoric. And so serves this assignment.
The intellectual justifications besides, having students create their own “Declarations of Independence” also allowed teenagers to rant about what annoys them in life, And that is a job students find both enjoyable and easy to produce. I often enjoyed reading the creative declarations students wrote up as they showcased their “felicity of expression.”