The Declaration of Independence Year 7 and 8 Activities | The Treaty of Waitangi

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The purpose of this resource is to explore the reasons why the 1835 Declaration of Independence was a significant document for both Māori and the British Crown, the events leading up to the drafting, writing, and signing of the declaration, and a brief summary of the four sections of the 1835 Declaration of Independence.
This Declaration of Independence Year 7-8 resource features:
  • Information about the Declaration of Independence set out as a foldable booklet.
  • 4 reading comprehension activity pages.
  • 32 task cards to comprehend and explore the texts and their content.
  • Compare and Contrast Graphic organiser
  • Cause and Effect Activity
  • Answers for the four Finding Specific Information questions.
  • Total: 35 pages + 42 digital slides
Task Card Tip: Allow students to select task cards of their choice, or select the task cards you would like them to complete. You could also set up a ”Must Do, Can Do” board where students complete compulsory cards and then choose their own cards to complete.
Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links:
Know: Tino rangatiratanga me te kāwanatanga | Government and organisation
Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi: background
  • Key Questions: What was the significance of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni | The Declaration of Independence?
  • Explore: the significance of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni | The Declaration of Independence 
Interpreting past experiences, decisions, and actions
  • I can make informed ethical judgements about people’s actions in the past, basing them on historical evidence and taking account of the attitudes and values of the times, the challenges people faced, and the information available to them.
Identifying sources and perspectives
  • I can use historical sources with differing perspectives on the past, giving deliberate attention to mātauranga Māori sources. I can recognise that the sources may not fully answer my questions, and that my answers are themselves interpretations.

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