The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 3, Fort Necessity Surrender Document
- Grade Level:
- Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
- French and Indian War, Military and Wartime History, U.S. Presidents
- 45 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 36
- National/State Standards:
- National Standards for History: K-4: Standard 3, 4; Grade 5-12: Era 2. Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.
OverviewThe “Fort Necessity Surrender Document” is an activity from unit 3 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763.” This is the post-visit activity for the field trip “Three Cultures in Conflict at Fort Necessity.” The students will learn about the controversy surrounding the word “assassination” found in the document.
Guiding Question: What does assassination mean? Why was it in the Fort Necessity surrender document? Why was it upsetting to find it in the document?
Critical Content: The word "assassination" is found twice in the Fort Necessity surrender document. The document was written in French and translated to George Washington and the other British officers. Students will read several views on the surrender document and decide for themselves what happened.
Student objectives: Students will…
· Define the word assassination
· Support with evidence why you think the word was in the surrender document
The "Fort Necessity Surrender Document" is an activity from unit 3 of the Teacher's Education Kit "The French and Indian War: 1754-1763." This is the post-visit activity for the field trip "Three Cultures in Conflict at Fort Necessity." The students will learn about the controversy surrounding the word "assassination" found in the document.
For a pre-visit activity check out
Unit 1: Forks of the Ohio
If you are interested in purchasing the $40.00 Teacher's Education Kit "The French and Indian War: 1754-1763" please click here. The kit contains a teacher's guide, 27 biography cards, a color wall map and artifacts. The teacher's guide includes: background for the teacher; Unit 1, Forks of the Ohio; Unit 2, What Were They Fighting For; Unit 3, George Washington Trip to the French Fort and George Washington and the French and Indian War; Unit 4, Timeline of the French and Indian War; Unit 5, The War Ends; Unit 6, Setting the Stage for the American Revolution; Activities for the Biography Cars; Activities for the Artifacts and French and Indian War Historic Sites.
1. Download the pdf
2. Read the directions for teachers
3. Make copies for the students
4. Teach and discuss with the students
Fort Necessity is the site of the open battle of the French and Indian War and George Washington's first military encounter. This activity highlights the Fort Necessity Surrender document and the controversy it caused.