Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tapestry of Grace Year 3, Week 4

Key Facts:

1. Thomas Jefferson
a. Author of the draft of the Declaration of Independence, third President, legislator, lawyer, diplomat, architect, inventor, scientist, agriculturist and writer.
b. Monticello
c. The Louisiana Territory purchased from France for $15 million. That's 3 cents per acre
(512 million acres).

2. Meriwether Lewis
a. Personal Secretary of Thomas Jefferson
b. Corps of Discovery Expedition - Served as Naturalist
c. Governor over Louisiana Territory

3. William Clark
a. Second Lieutenant / Captain
b. Corps of Discovery Expedition - Served as Mapmaker and Mediator
c. Principal Indian agent for the Louisiana Territory

4. Sacagawea
a. ShoShone woman married to Toussaint Charbonneau
b. Gave birth during Corps of Discovery Expedition - Interpreter
c. Believed to have died after giving birth to second child

5. William Burr
a. First Vice President to Thomas Jefferson
b. Judiciary Act of 1801
c. Killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel July 11, 1804

Activities: Make a compass

Unit Projects: Add information on Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacagawea to the display board.

Geography: Map out Louisiana Purchase

Digger Deeper:
  • 12th Amendment: changed Presidential election rules.
  • Sedition Act



  • Thomas Jefferson
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • The Year of the Horseless Carriage: 1801 (Read Aloud)


  1. I'm still pretty new to TOG and trying to make sure we get the most out of it. How do you cover "key facts" to make sure they know them?


  2. I'm new to TOG as well.

    Right now, I'm mainly using the key facts as starting points for discussion questions, writing prompts or a quick quiz for the boys. We go over this information after they have done their daily assignments.

    If they can answer questions, carry on a conversation or write about the person or specific point in history we are studying, then I feel that they are learning.

    So far it has worked well. Although, I will probably tweak it a little as we go. I just can't seem to leave well enough alone.