Introduction: Ask the students if they have ever heard the phrase, "Put your John
Hancock on the paper," and what they think it means.
"John Hancock" by Lee Bennett Hopkins
He can read
it from here
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 1994. HAND IN HAND: AN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH POETRY. Illustrated by: Peter M. Fiore.
New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN: 067173315X.
Extension: Have students look at a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Point
out the size of John Hancock's signature. Why is this significant? Have a contest to see which student can make a John Hancock
An excellent nonfiction book to accompany this poem might be:
Fritz, Jean. 1997. WILL YOU SIGN HERE, JOHN HANCOCK? Illustrated by: Trina Schart Hyman. New York: Penguin
Putnam Books for Young Children. ISBN: 069811440X. A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence,
outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.
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