In this 2-3 day investigation, students are re-introduced to the bookmark tool for analyzing sources and are introduced to the components of a counterargument. Students analyze two sources about the relationship between the Hemings and Jefferson families and deliberate about the value of different kinds of historical sources in investigating the past. After analyzing these sources, student plan or plan and compose a counterargument a counterargument to the Washington Post newspaper about which sources should be included in the renovated exhibit about the lives of enslaved people at Jefferson’s home, Monticello.



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