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features lesson plans that invite students to examine George Washington's annotated copy of an early draft of the Constitution, compare Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence to the final document, determine which of 12 amendments they would ratify to produce a Bill of Rights, identify techniques Jefferson used in a letter persuading Congress to purchase his library, and investigate Waldseemüller's 1507 map (the first to use the label "America"). (Library of Congress)

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Students take a close analytical look at the historic Minerva mosaic from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress, and discover what it can tell them about the mission of the Library's founders.

The Minerva mosaic

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