About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "John Marshall House" (with photographs) and information from the John Marshall Foundation of Richmond, Virginia, and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. It was written by John J. Patrick, a professor of education at Indiana University, where he is also director of the Social Studies Development Center and director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: The lesson could be used in units on the Marshall Court during the Early National Period.
Time period: Late 18th century to mid-19th century
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
Relevant Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
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Objectives for students
1) To describe the John Marshall House and the Marshall family's way of life there;
2) To identify the civic virtues and personal values that motivated John Marshall, and explain how they influenced his public and private actions and decisions.
3) To examine how the public and private sides of John Marshall's life and personality were related and integrated.
4) To identify and explain Marshall's core principles of constitutional government in his career as chief justice of the Supreme Court.
5) To investigate persons of historical significance in their own community and the historic sites that commemorate notable deeds and lives.
Materials for students
The materials listed below either can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger, high-resolution version.
1) two maps showing the Chesapeake Bay region and Richmond;
2) four readings drawn from biographies and papers of John Marshall emphasizing the virtues underlying John Marshall's commitment to his public and private duties;
3) five photographs of the exterior and interior of the John Marshall House.
Visiting the site
The John Marshall House is maintained and operated by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA). Admission is charged and tours are provided. The house is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April through September, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. October through December. The house is open by appointment only January through March and is closed New Years Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. The house is located at the corner of Ninth and Marshall Streets in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, write to the John Marshall House, 818 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219. You may also want to contact the John Marshall Foundation, 701 E. Franklin Street, Suite 1515, Richmond, VA 23219.