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Thomas Jefferson

About the Thomas Jefferson Lesson

To introduce Thomas Jefferson to the students using a short reading passage with corresponding comprehension worksheet.

• Students will be introduced to the life of Thomas Jefferson.

• Students will gain an interest in historical figures that have played a significant role in America?s history.

• Students will practice their reading comprehension abilities.

Suggested Grades
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Virginia. His parents were Peter and Jane. His father was a planter and surveyor. At the age of nine, Thomas attended a local school where he studied Latin, French and Greek. Five years later, his father died. When his father died, Thomas inherited around 5,000 acres of land.
At 16 years old, Thomas attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. He studied there for two years, graduating with high honors. Upon graduation from The College of William and Mary, Thomas studied law and became a lawyer. In 1772, Thomas married a woman named Martha Wayles Skelton and they had six children together but sadly, only two survived to adulthood. But only ten years after being married, Martha died.




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