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Notes: Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (1743 -1826) Seems like there’s nothing he couldn’t do! • Helped our nation win its independence and served as its third president. • Founded the University of Virginia. • Helped establish a public school system.
Thomas Jefferson • Designed his own home. • Invented a type of elevator for sending food from floor to floor. • Created the decimal system for American money. • Played the violin, was an artist, and was a brilliant writer.
TJ: Revolutionary Leader • Born into wealthy VA family. • Attended the College of William and Mary & earned a law degree. • Outspoken defender of American rights when he served in the VA House of Burgesses. • Emerged as a leader in the effort to win independence when conflict between the British and the colonists erupted into revolution.
TJ: Valued Statesman • American minister to France for many years after the war ended. – Why do you think he ended up in France? • Served as America’s first Secretary of State • Served as America’s second Vice President • Served as America’s President in 1801. – Doubled the size of our nation by authorizing the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France.
TJ: Ironic Death • On July 4, 1826, he died at the age of 83. – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams became enemies because they both had very different views about how our country should have been governed. • John Adams died a few hours after him, and his last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives. ” • TJ’s most important contributed to our country= THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!!!
SILENT DISCUSSION ACTIVITY 1. There are large pieces of paper around the room. 2. Each of them has a statement. 3. Go to the poster you are assigned to and SILENTLY respond to the statement. – Agree or Disagree, explain WHY and initial your work – You may Agree or Disagree with someone else. 4. Since we are doing this in groups, go at your own pace.
Reading “The Declaration of Independence” • Textbook pgs. 238244. • Each group member should read the selection. • Each group members should turn in answers to the Reading Check (download from calendar).
After Reading…Group Discussion! • What is the most convincing evidence that Jefferson cites to support his points? – How would you rate the overall effectiveness of the argument? Why? • How would you have responded to the Declaration if you were: – The King of England? – Someone from a nation lacking in human rights? – A Native American?
Your Assignment: • After you have completed the reading and reading check questions: – Write your own GROUP Declaration of Independence • • School? Parents? Obsessive girlfriend or boyfriend? A bully? – Write it in Jefferson’s style • State your purpose • Give a list of grievances – Length Requirements: at least ¾ of a page – Each group members should sign his/her name at the bottom