Thomas Jefferson Teacher Resources

Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, helped to build the American government and economy into what it is today—though the size and scope of the modern United States are far beyond what the Founding Fathers imagined.

Teach the basics of Jefferson’s life and goals for the American government with an informative video, and include a packet on Thomas Jefferson in your social studies class. You can bring several handouts and activities to a lesson on the Declaration of Independence. For a fun classroom game, use a Jeopardy!-themed presentation on the facts of Jefferson’s life and instrumental administration.

Connect to language arts with a lesson on historical fiction that focuses on Jefferson and his home at Monticello. A writing assignment analyzes John Adam’s description of Jefferson’s agreement to write the Declaration of Independence, while a reading lesson compares Jefferson’s writings and speeches to those by James Madison and George Washington. At the end of a Revolutionary War unit, learners can argue which Founding Father was the most influential with an argument essay prompt.

At Lesson Planet, our teacher-curated resources supplement your social studies curriculum, making it easier for you to teach how Thomas Jefferson led America out of tyranny and into the age of democracy.

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