Lesson Plan

Becoming George Washington: Unit 4: Becoming a Leader Grade 7-12

Painting of Washington during the Battle at the Monongahela
Washington during the Battle at the Monongahela
Library of Congress LC-DIG-pga-02418

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Subject:
Colonial History, French and Indian War, U.S. Presidents
Duration:
3 hours
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National Standards for History: Historical Thinking, Standard 2, 3, 4 and Era 2 Standard 1B.

Overview

Historian Don Higginbotham said, “It would be hard to exaggerate the significance of the French and Indian War in the life and fortunes of George Washington.”  Students study George Washington during the Fort Necessity campaign and the Braddock campaign looking at his writings, maps, images and a timeline.   

Objective(s)

Guiding Question: How did Washington's experience in the French and Indian War prepare him for his role as a military leader?

 

Critical Content: The French and Indian War had a dramatic and life-changing effect on Washington. At the beginning Washington was inexperienced and just a year later he was acclaimed as a hero.

 

Student objectives: Students will…

·        List three ways Washington experience helped prepare him for his role as a military leader

·        List two ways Washington changed during the period of time starting with the Battle at Fort Necessity and ending after the Battle at the Monongahela.

·        Support two examples of why you think Washington was realistic about war by the end of the Braddock campaign

 



Background

Historian Don Higginbotham said, "It would be hard to exaggerate the significance of the French and Indian War in the life and fortunes of George Washington." Students study George Washington during the Fort Necessity campaign and the Braddock campaign looking at his writings, maps, images and a timeline.   

 

Becoming a Leader Grades 7-12, has an 8 page lesson plan for the teachers and the following additional material: 6 Resource Pages, 5 Images Pages and an answer key. The lesson uses Washington's own words, images and maps to show what he experienced during the Battle at Fort Necessity and the Battle of the Monongahela. These activities show how he grew as a military leader.

 

Check out the other units:

 

Unit 1: Young George Washington Grades 4-6

Unit 2: Young George Washington Grades 7-12

Unit 3: Becoming a Leader Grades 4-6

Unit 4: Becoming a Leader Grades 7-12

Unit 5: Analyzing Documents 

This teacher's resource guide was written by Carolyn P. Yoder for French and Indian War 250, Inc. and was made possible by the Grable Foundation and the US Dept. of Education.

 



Materials

For this lesson it is suggested that you display copies of remarks George Washington wrote about his experiences in the French and Indian War. The attached PDF contains an introduction, a copy of the transcribed document and a copy of the original document.



Procedure

1.    Download the PDF lesson plan with the resources and images

2.    Download the "Remarks" from materials

3.    Make copies for the students

4.    Teach and discuss with the students

 



Park Connections

Fort Necessity National Battlefield contains three sites important to young George Washington; Jumonville Glen where Washington's troops fired the first shots of the French and Indian War, Fort Necessity where the first battle of the French and Indian War was fought, and Braddock's Grave where Washington buried the defeated General Braddock.

 



Additional Resources

Introduction to the teacher's resource guide Becoming George Washington