Jefferson’s Gardens: A Landscape of Opportunities: Section 3 – Creating Personal Space for Self-Reflection

Duration: Up to 1 month

Students will understand Jefferson's use of landscape to create both beauty and privacy; the architectural features of his homes at Monticello and summer retreat, Poplar Forest, for solitude, and evidence of how he thought about his own thinking—metacognition.  

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Middle School

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Interdisciplinary Connections

This unit correlates with English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies curricula and Humanities curricula.

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Darla Gerlach, EdD
Shaler Area Middle School
1810 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15101