Topic: Jefferson's Personal Life & Family

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Slavery and the Legacy of Thomas Jefferson

Students will critically evaluate and reflect on information concerning the life of Thomas Jefferson as a slaveholder. They will also examine slavery at Monticello and the effects of...
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‘Edgehill’ portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Painting of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart
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Jefferson’s Talents — For ELD Students

Using a few key sources (visual, written, and musical) students explore Jefferson's multiple talents and interests, culminating with the creation of a Jefferson "Pinterest" wall and gallery walk.

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Jefferson’s Obelisk Gravemarker

This obelisk is larger replacement for the original marker that Jefferson designed for himself.
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Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia

Jefferson was very proud of this map which was drawn by his father Peter and Colonel Joshua Fry and first published in 1752.
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Founding Daughter: Commemorating the Life & Leadership of Martha Jefferson Randolph

After researching the life of Martha Jefferson Randolph, students will formulate questions, interpret primary sources and construct evidence to support an argument. Students will be able to answer...
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Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Autobiography

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...
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View of the West Front of Monticello and Garden

This painting by Richmond artist Jane Braddick Peticolas shows Jefferson’s daughthers Mary and Cornelia along with their brother George Wythe Randolph....
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Brief Biography of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is famous for writing the Declaration of Independence and for being the third president of the United States. Jefferson had many other interests and identities. He loved architecture and designed his own house. He loved science and studied the natural world. He was a plantation owner. He was a father and grandfather to his large family. Jefferson lived a very long and full life.