Government & Politics
Declaration of Independence Timeline Activity
The words “all men are created equal” have echoed throughout history. Since 1776, there have been approximately 120 declarations of independence made by different countries and different peoples. This activity...
“A Government Without Newspapers, or Newspapers Without Government:” Jefferson’s Ambivalent Attitude Towards the Press
With more and more discussion lately about “fake news” and the protections of the press guaranteed under the First Amendment, explore how Thomas Jefferson might approach the media today. Through...
Jefferson, the Barbary War, and 9/11: Analyzing Constitutional Principles and Evaluating how America Goes to War
The Barbary War has often been overlooked in the study of American history, but there were significant precedents established by the decision made to take America into it’s first foreign...
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Notes on the State of Virginia
This document is an excerpt of Thomas Jefferson’s only book-length publication. Jefferson wrote the work during the early 1780s in response to a series of questions from Frenchman Francois de...
What Does July 4th Mean to You?
July 4th brings to mind fireworks, parades, and picnics but what are we celebrating when we remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence? What does July 4th mean to...
Liberty’s Social Media Profile
Liberty is a word used a lot by the founding fathers. What would Libertys social media page look like?
Let facts be submitted to a candid world: Categorizing the List of Grievances
Most readers are familiar with the excerpt from the Declaration of Independence above. However, fewer people are familiar with what’s known as the List of Grievances. It’s the third part...
Jefferson and Expansion: Scaffolding Student Understanding of Cause and Effect
This lesson focuses on the following prompt: “Analyze the causes of and the resulting issues from the Louisiana Purchase. Concentrate your answer between the years 1790-1820.” The lesson will allow...
Purposeful Education, According to Thomas Jefferson
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...
The Election of 1800: Revolutionary Stability
This lesson is a combination of a few different approaches: students will study primary writings of Jefferson and Adams, examine a range of online documents and images in a DBQ...