- arbitrary: something done completely by individual choice rather than by reason.
- boundaries: borders, limits, lines that separate two areas.
- charters: documents that guarantee certain rights and privileges.
- depriving: to keep something from someone
- enlarging: make larger or bigger
- fundamentally: basically, essentially
- inhabitants: someone who lives in a place, a resident
- province: an area of land or a topic or area of interest
- quartering: housing for officers
Rewrite each of the following sentences of the Declaration of Independence in your own words in the text boxes following each line. This web page can be downloaded and saved so that the rewriting can be done in a word processing program, it can be copy and pasted into an e-mail to be shared or filled in and printed off.
23. For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
24. For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
25. For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
26. For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
27. For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
28. For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
29. For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
31. For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.