President Jefferson Video Lesson
President Jefferson Lesson Plan for middle school
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President Jefferson - Lewis & Clark, The Embargo Act & More!

President Jefferson - Lewis & Clark, The Embargo Act & More!

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Engaging Lesson on President Jefferson

This lesson plan goes with this video on "The Major Events of Jefferson's Presidency." 


1) Interactive, Follow-Along Notesheet
2) Quick Quiz
3) Extension Activity

President Jefferson Video Lesson

What Students Learn

The video teaches students the major events of Thomas Jefferson's presidency. How he tried to reduced the size of government, cut taxes, reduced the military, and directly represent the people- while ignoring slavery. It teaches the controversy he faced with the Louisiana Purchase and how it was probably unconstitutional, Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery, and finally the Embargo Act. Taught through the power of story- it makes historical facts relevant and memorable! (check the previews to see how it works)

 The lessons cover state-standards while making sure the content is still interesting.


After the video, notes, and quiz, students jump into the driver seat of history by reading short overviews of 5 challenges President Jefferson faced and they get to decide what should be done about them! Then they compare their decision to Jefferson's decision. This will make history come alive and foster critical thinking as students get to make real-life decisions and will definitely lead to a great debate or discussion!

There are answer keys for everything! Click & deliver engagement! This is a history video curriculum like no other! 

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This also makes a great lesson if you are using this for a homeschool history curriculum. 


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