Your students will enjoy reading this amazing and inspiring historical story about Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. It’s a story that will:
• Pique their curiosity,
• Expose them to historical information not included in history books, and
• Transport their minds and imaginations back to Philadelphia during the summer of 1776.
“Any time history can come alive through stories, students will not only pay attention,
but the lesson will become an enduring learning experience.”
Virginia Middle School Teacher
• “Your book was really interesting and I’ve learned so much from it.”
• “I now know more and understand more about the history of the Declaration of Independence.”
• “I really enjoyed reading JEFFERSON'S MASTERPIECE
• “The book is very captivating and all appreciate and enjoy the book in our class.”
• “I learned so much about the Declaration of Independence that I didn’t already know.”
• “I am reading your book JEFFERSON'S MASTERPIECE
and I love it so far.”
• “I enjoyed how you wrote about the people who signed the Declaration of Independence.”
BOOK REVIEWERS’ OPINIONS
• “The book [is] a fine resource for young readers.”
• “I highly recommend JEFFERSON'S MASTERPIECE
• “A very well written book that makes history ‘fun’ for young readers.”
• “Can truly be used as a learning tool for young readers.”
• “A wonderful resource to help middle school and even older students learn more of the details about this very significant part of our country’s founding in a format that will appeal to them.”
JEFFERSON'S MASTERPIECE at HISTORICAL SITES
• Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
• The National Archives, Washington, DC
• American Revolution Museum, Yorktown, VA
• Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
• Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest, VA
• Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg, SC
HISTORY COMES ALIVE
was written to educate and engage America’s youth about how 56 men achieved the impossible. They declared the 13-colonies independent from British rule, and created a new nation based on the proposition that all men are created equal, with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Your students will go on an historical journey that begins on June 11, 1776, when the Committee of Five meets to choose the person to write a declaration of independence, and concludes on August 2, 1776, when America’s birth certificate is signed.
They follow Thomas Jefferson as he serves in the Second Continental Congress and writes the Declaration. They learn about Congress’ daily activities, and the struggles and conflicts among the Congressmen to approve the Virginia Resolution that declares the colonies independent, followed by the editing and signing of America’s founding document.
They discover that military conflicts were taking place between the American and British armies while Congress was considering independence.
Your students will become familiar with some of the Declaration’s most significant and memorable passages, even the slave clause that Jefferson’s included in his original draft, but that Congress reluctantly voted to delete.
Every person who speaks or is mentioned in JEFFERSON'S MASTERPIECE
lived in 1776, except for three characters that I included. Their interaction with Jefferson helps to fill-in the historical narrative, especially the young boy Ike, that Jefferson befriended.
The book’s 94 images enable students to see the faces of our Founding Fathers, read the historical documents and see the objects and places that were involved in this inspiring story, and see the battle scenes. Each image was carefully selected to give students a more enriching and rewarding learning experience.
The book also includes the Declaration of Independence Library (Appendix)
– a collection of resources that enhances students' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Declaration of Independence and the signers:
1. Prelude to Independence: Events that led to the Declaration of Independence
2. Biography of Thomas Jefferson
3. Facts about the signers
4. Biographies of the signers
5. Fate of the signers: Consequences they suffered for signing the Declaration
6. Significance of the Declaration of Independence
7. Evolution of the 3 versions of the Declaration of Independence, including edits, from Jefferson’s “rough draught” to the signed document
A VALUABLE RESOURCE
is the TEACHER'S GUIDE.
It can be adapted to accomplish your teaching goals. And the activities will help your students learn and understand, and hopefully appreciate this incredible story and this magnificent document.