Jefferson’s Masterpiece


Reading Level:

  • Middle

Parker, Dennis.  Jefferson’s Masterpiece (2010)

Jefferson’s Masterpiece tells the story of why and how the Declaration of Independence was written and approved. It takes young readers on a historic journey from June 11 to August 2, 1776. They follow Thomas Jefferson as he writes the Declaration of Independence and carries out his daily activities; observe the 2nd Continental Congress as it votes to declare Independence and then edit, approve and sign the Declaration; and learn about the military struggles between the colonies and Great Britain. A free downloadable Teacher’s Guide is available for anyone who would like to use the book as a teaching tool.