Students examine a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and identify techniques he used to persuade Congress to purchase his personal library. Students consider a selection of Jefferson’s books and then write their own persuasive letters urging the books’ purchase, while considering the question: “Why would Congress need this book to shape or govern the nation?”
- Identify examples of persuasive writing;
- Create a persuasive argument;
- Discuss the role of knowledge and learning in the activities of Congress.
- Two classes
Recommended Grade Level
- Government, Law & Politics
- The New Nation, 1783-1815