Purposeful Education, According to Thomas Jefferson

Duration: 30-60 min, 60-90 min

This is a document analysis lesson where students will use Jefferson’s ideas to learn about the benefits of pursuing higher education. In a college preparatory course (AVID), this lesson will precede a 9th grade college research project. It could also be used in any class to open a discussion about Jefferson’s values or the importance of education.

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Grade Level

Middle School, High School

Type of Lesson

Cooperative Learning

Interdisciplinary Connections

Civics, AVID

Common Core Standards

Common Core State Standards – Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Grade 9-10
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 9 – Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) WICOR standards– This lesson includes components of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.

Author Info

Name: Emily Jacobs
Email: emilyjacobs26@gmail.com
School: Dundee-Crown High School
City: Carpentersville
State: Illinois