Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Autobiography

Duration: 90 min

What was Thomas Jefferson’s public persona and private personality? In this lesson students will use Monticello, Jefferson’s meticulously designed home, as a primary source in their analysis and eventual determination of Jefferson’s public persona and private personality.

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Grade Level

High School

Type of Lesson

Cooperative Learning

Common Core Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Author Info

Kelsey Snyder
Eden Prairie High School
Eden Prairie, Minnesota