Through Jefferson’s Eyes: Indian Perception Before & After the Louisiana Purchase

Duration: 60-120 min

Students will analyze excerpts of several documents to determine Jefferson’s perception of the American Indian and write a DBQ essay over the topic.

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  • Through Jefferson's Eyes DBQ     View  |  Download
  • Through Jefferson's Eyes - Real Jefferson Pre- and Post-check     View  |  Download
  • Through Jefferson's Eyes - Events in Jefferson's life     View  |  Download
  • Through Jefferson's Eyes - DBQ Scoring Guide     View  |  Download
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Type of Lesson

Cooperative Learning

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific detail to an understanding of the text as a whole.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.2: 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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.3: Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence…

Author Info

Name: Matt Shomaker
School: Clinton Middle School
School Address (opt): 600 E. Clinton St.
City: Clinton
State: Missouri