Thomas Jefferson

In the hand of Thomas Jefferson, the pen truly was mightier than the sword! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the third President of the United States and one of the most influential Founding Fathers. Follow the rise of this young lawyer from Virginia, whose writings earned him a reputation as one of the most eloquent spokesmen for the American Revolution. Discover how he got the assignment to write the Declaration of Independence, the historic document that gave birth to a new nation. Explore the many roles he played in the early days of the new United States government--secretary of state, vice president, even founder of a whole new political party! And learn about his many accomplishments as the country’s third President, from the Louisiana Purchase to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. No wonder he deserves a spot on Mount Rushmore!

Alexander Hamilton Lesson Plan: Write and Deliver a Persuasive Speech

In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 6-12, students explore BrainPOP resources to learn about Alexander Hamilton.  Using what they learn about this hardworking Founding Father and about federalism, students take on the role of Alexander Hamilton writing and presenting a persuasive speech arguing for a strong central government. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

The President! Lesson Plan: The Role of the President of the United States

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to explore why the United States has a President and the role of the President in our government. Students will also learn the requirements for becoming the President, and explore how the President interacts with the three branches of government. See more »

U.S. History Lesson Plan: Exploring Cause and Effect

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students select two topics in United States history and use BrainPOP resources to explore the relationship between those topics. Students will work collaboratively to determine the cause and effect relationships and present their research to the class in a creative format of their choice. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Famous Historical Figures Lesson Plan: Who Am I?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for any grade level, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the life and works of historical figures. Students will research their selected historical figure, create a "Who Am I?" bag of clues about their figure, and invite classmates to deduce which historical figure they researched. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »
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