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Drafting the Declaration: The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence
Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted: 11/5/2009
This teacher resource challenges students to think about the Jefferson desk and the Declaration of Independence as objects that are valuable sources of historical information. It includes a preliminary activity intended to introduce students to doing history with objects and lesson plans focusing on the Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence. Also included are annotated links to other online resources that are related to the Revolution, Thomas Jefferson, and the Declaration of Independence.
This resource is from The Object of History, a cooperative project between the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media.
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United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)
Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
World History Standards (Grades 5-12)
Era 7: An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)
Historical Thinking Standard 2: Historical Comprehension
Historical Thinking Standard 3: Historical Analysis and Interpretation
Historical Thinking Standard 4: Historical Research Capabilities
4B: Obtain historical data from a variety of sources.
4C: Interrogate historical data.
4D: Identify the gaps in the available records, marshal contextual knowledge and perspectives of the time and place.
4E: Employ quantitative analysis.
4F: Support interpretations with historical evidence.