April 13

Seamus Heaney, Irish poet, is born

April 13, 1939

Eudora Welty, American author, is born

April 13, 1909

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Thomas Jefferson, American President, is born

April 13, 1743

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  • Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Jefferson vs. Franklin: Renaissance Men

    Students examine primary sources in order to compare the intellectual achievements of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. The lesson serves as an introduction to the complementary EDSITEment lesson, Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers.

  • Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Jefferson vs. Franklin: Revolutionary Philosophers

    Explore the philosophical contributions that Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson made to the movement for American independence. The lesson introduces students to some of the important precursor documents, such as Franklin's Albany Plan of 1754 and Jefferson's Draft of the Virginia Constitution, that led to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

  • The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"

    This lesson plan looks at the major ideas in the Declaration of Independence, their origins, the Americans’ key grievances against the King and Parliament, their assertion of sovereignty, and the Declaration’s process of revision. Upon completion of the lesson, students will be familiar with the document’s origins, and the influences that produced Jefferson’s “expression of the American mind.”

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