Thomas Jefferson Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
What did Thomas Jefferson accomplish in his time as president? This lesson plan will help you guide your students in finding the answer to this guiding question. Students watch two engaging videos outlining Jefferson's election and presidency, then discuss key concepts before applying to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe and discuss elements of the elections of 1800 and 1804
  • outline Jefferson's accomplishments and their significance
  • define and apply key vocabulary appropriately


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Access to the technology, such as the internet
  • Research materials relating to Thomas Jefferson such as informational texts and primary/secondary source documents for analysis
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • Election of 1800
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • First Barbary War
  • Embargo Act of 1807
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Essex Junto
  • Burr Conspiracy
  • Corps of Discovery

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.4

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

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