ERIC Number: ED467471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Thomas Jefferson's Plan for the University of Virginia: Lessons from the Lawn. Teaching with Historic Places.
Hughes, Mary; Wilson, Sara
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "University of Virginia Historic District," and other primary and secondary materials about Thomas Jefferson and the ctreation of the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson did not begin the effort of designing the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) until late in his life. The education of the common man had occupied his thoughts for decades. Jefferson imagined that an academic village clustered around a tree-lined lawn would provide an ideal setting in which to pursue higher education. When the Virginia legislature authorized a state university in 1818, the retired U.S. President finally was able to dedicate his intellect, time, and energy to creating this new kind of educational institution. By the time he finished with his design, Jefferson had invented a uniquely American setting for higher education, the college campus. This lesson plan contains eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Virginia and Washington, DC; Charlottesville area, 1877); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Education as the Keystone to the New Democracy; Building the Academical Village; Jefferson's Philosophy of Education); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (College of New Jersey, Princeton, 1764; University of Virginia, 1826; Plan of the University of Virginia, 1825; Study for Anatomical Theatre, c. 1825; Students on the Lawn, 19th Century; Aerial View of the Lawn, 1997); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Village for Learning; Local Schools; Education through the Generations); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Heritage Education, Higher Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Presidents of the United States, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Student Research, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/92uva/92uva.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.