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Activity Overview

Have students outline and explain the major policies and actions Jefferson took during his presidency. They should cover subjects like domestic policy, foreign policy, interpretation of the constitution, criticisms, and proponents’ and opponents’ viewpoints. Teachers may select any subject or thematic ideas they want their students to concentrate on. Students will be able to extend their research and knowledge beyond the election of 1800, examining what Jefferson actually did as president upon winning the position. They will also be able to analyze and explain the implications of the election of 1800, and how it further shaped history.

Major Policies of Thomas Jefferson

  • States’ Rights
  • Interpreting the Constitution
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Foreign Policy
  • Domestic Policy
  • Embargo Act of 1807

Extended Activity

Have students create a traditional storyboard outlining the winner’s ideas and actions in whichever election they had previously researched and/or compared to the election of 1800. Have students compare and contrast each candidate's policies and ideas, and how it too had historical implications.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that outlines the major policies and actions President Jefferson took during his presidency.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, type in the ideas you are analyzing.
  3. In the description box, explain the ideas.
  4. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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