Jefferson Timeline

Lesson Plan


Grade Level

Elementary School

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Type of Project (Individual/Group/Both)


Challenge Question

What were the important events in the life of Thomas Jefferson?


Students will learn about the events in Thomas Jefferson’s life. They will have to decide which events they feel are most important to include in their timelines. When we visit Monticello on our upcoming field trip, they will come with this background knowledge to build on as they tour his home.


  1. Take notes about Thomas Jefferson’s life using the reference soures that have been provided for you. Make sure to put all notes into your own words.
  2. Collaborate with your partner to decide which events you want to include in your timeline.
  3. Organize your notes in chronological order.
  4. Create your timeline.