Thomas Jefferson Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- This is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 42 questions based on a Crash Course U.S. History video and the History.com website.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course U.S. History Video: Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of Thomas Jefferson's presidency.The video will first analyze his election victory in 1800 and then lay out the ideals Jefferson had for America (an agrarian utopia). His controversial views on slavery and his belief in strict constructionism (the Constitution being the only guiding principle in the land) are then discussed. The video goes into great detail about the Louisiana Purchase (and how it went against Jefferson's strict constructionist beliefs) and also his embargo policy during the Napoleonic Wars. The video concludes by reviewing why Thomas Jefferson is seen as both a revered and reviled historical figure. Following the video, students will proceed to the History.com website and read a biographical article about Thomas Jefferson. His early years and education, his drafting of the Deceleration of Independence, his family, and his years after the presidency are all covered in this reading.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.