Teacher's Guide for Cobblestone: Thomas Jefferson
THE VIEW FROM THE CROW'S NEST (page 4)
Jefferson was a slaveholder all his life. In what way is this contradictory to the beliefs he held?
YOUNG TOM JEFFERSON (page 6)
1. Describe the factors that influenced Jefferson while he was growing up.
FROM LAWYER TO PATRIOT (page 9)
2. Describe the various ways that Jefferson got his education.
3. What was the first city in which he lived?
4. Who were the two teachers in college who influenced him? Have you ever had a teacher who had a strong influence on you?
1. What did the Stamp Act do? How was it different from previous taxes Britain had required the colonies to pay? How was it different from the stamps that we buy today?
A QUIET ROOM IN PHILADELPHIA (page 15)
2. According to Patrick Henry, what was the purpose of the Stamp Act? Was he in favor of it or not?
3. Who did Henry believe had the right to tax the Colonies?
4. Did everyone in the House of Burgesses agree with Henry?
5. What was Peter Randolph's view of what the Colonies owed the British?
6. Into what two groups did the people of Virginia divide? What was the principal view of each group?
7. What did the Townshend Act do? Which colonies opposed it?
8. Why did the British close the port of Boston?
9. What did the Virginia colonists do in reaction to this? Do you think this was an effective action? Why or why not?
1. Which men were chosen to work on the Declaration of Independence? Why was Jefferson one of those chosen?
A JEFFERSON CHRONOLOGY (page 20)
2. In the declaration, what does Jefferson state about the condition of all men?
3. Where did he believe governments got their power?
4. What section did Congress cut from the declaration?
5. How did the British view the people who signed the declaration?
1. What political positions did Jefferson hold?
A MAN OF MANY IDEAS (page 22)
2. What important documents did he draft?
3. What were some of Jefferson's achievements that were not political?
1. In what ways could Jefferson be considered a self-educated man? Have you ever taught yourself to become an expert in something? If yes, what?
SHAPING A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE (page 27)
2. What ideas and people influenced Jefferson's views concerning architecture?
3. List some of Jefferson's inventions.
4. What is the modern-day equivalent of the device pictured at the top of page 26?
1. What did Jefferson achieve as secretary of state?
BONE MAN IN THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE (page 33)
2. What do you think a strict interpretation of the Constitution means?
3. How did Jefferson become vice president?
4. What was the difference in point of view or political philosophy between John Adams and Jefferson?
5. What was the purpose of the Alien and Sedition Acts?
6. What point did Jefferson make in the Kentucky Resolutions?
7. In what direction did Jefferson think the country was heading under the Federalists?
8. Whom did Jefferson defeat in the election of 1800? How was the election finally decided?
9. What was the spirit of Jefferson's inaugural address? Why was this important?
10. What were some of Jefferson's achievements as president? What was his most important achievement?
11. What was Jefferson's attitude about electing a president for life?
1. Which was Jefferson's favorite of all the natural sciences? What other things do you think would be considered natural sciences?
"A YOUNG GARDENER" (page 36)
2. How much did Jefferson know about dinosaurs?
3. What did Jefferson believe about species of animals? Was he correct?
4. What did Jefferson urge the American Philosophical Society to do?
5. What did Jefferson want Lewis and Clark to do?
1. What kind of information did Jefferson include in his garden book? Why do you think it might have been useful to him to keep such detailed records?
THOMAS JEFFERSON: FAMILY MAN (page 39)
2. How much land did Jefferson eventually own? What crops did he grow?
3. What experiments did Jefferson try on his farms?
1. How long was Jefferson married? How many of his children survived beyond infancy? Why do you think so many of them died?
FROM THE ARCHIVES
2. What evidence do we have that Jefferson took his fatherly responsibilities seriously?
3. Write a comparison between your daily schedule and that of Martha Jefferson.
4. In your own words, explain the advice Jefferson gave his daughter Maria about how to have a happy marriage.
5. What evidence is there that Jefferson was a good letter writer and that he considered letters important?
Be sure to check "From the Archives" on page 46 for related title suggestions. You also may want to check the following issues:
The People of Williamsburg (February 1990),
Our Bill of Rights (September 1991),
George Washington (April 1992),
Benjamin Franklin (September 1992),
The Adams Family (November 1993).