This Thomas Jefferson's Library: Making the Case for a National Library lesson plan also includes:
The United States Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. But such was not always the case. The library was destroyed during the War of 1812. In a persuasive letter to Samuel H. Smith, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his complete library to Congress as replacement, arguing for the importance of every volume. Groups first examine Jefferson's letter, the contents of the library, and then craft their own argument for the purchase of collection.
- To gain an understanding of the wealth of material in the library's collection, ask individuals to search for items on a topic of their choosing
- Prior knowledge of the elements of persuasive writing techniques is required
- Presumes class members are experienced working with primary and secondary source materials
- The detailed plan provides links to Jefferson's letter, to a persuasive techniques worksheet, and to images of volumes from Jefferson's library
- No rubric for the activity is included