Jefferson's Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities / Instructions for the Unit
Author InfoDarla Gerlach, EdD
Shaler Area Middle School
1810 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15101
Type of Lesson
Through the voices of individuals working at Monticello, students will learn about Jefferson's passion for gardening and complete flower and vegetable experiments/projects. Students will also learn how to do calligraphy and construct a petit-format book similar to those that Jefferson read at his summer retreat, Poplar Forest.
PA Core Standards: Reading in History & Social Studies (6-8); Reading Informational Texts: CC.8.5.6-8.A,B,D-G,J; Writing in History & Social Studies (6-8); CC.8.6.6-8.A-I.; Reading in Science & Technology (6-8); CC.3.5.6-8C,F-I; Writing in Science & Technology (6-8); CC.3.6.6-8A-I.
This section is coordinated with the Introduction to Project-Based Learning
And the following lessons on Jefferson's Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities:
1. A Perpetuating Flower Garden
2. An Experimental Vegetable Garden
3. Jefferson: Creating Personal Space for Self-Reflection
4. The Art of Calligraphy
Additional Learning Outcomes
- Refer to "Handouts and Downloads": Instructions for the Unit.