Is Thomas Jefferson Relevant Today?


This two-part lesson focuses on the words Jefferson drafted in the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and asks the students to make correlations between the ideas in these seminal documents and the events happening in our modern times.

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Grade Level

Middle School

Type of Lesson

Cooperative Learning

Common Core Standards

Key Ideas and Details:
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Author Info

Patrick A. McGravey or

North Andover Middle School
495 Main Street
North Andover, MA, 01845