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George Washington and the French and Indian War

Washington on a horse in front of Fort Necessity
George Washington at Fort Necessity

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Talk with one of Fort Necessity National Battlefield’s park rangers about young George Washington and the French and Indian War. All you need is the internet and a downloaded app! Using George Washington’s actions and writings students will see how his ambition, hard work and experiences helped him mature into the famous man we all know today. 

The program will cover the beginning of the French and Indian War, the battle at Fort Necessity, Braddock’s defeat and the capture of Fort Duquesne. There will be time at the end for questions.

Program Length: 30 minutes plus time for questions

Objectives: Students will be able to
-list one example of Washington’s ambition, learning and hard work
-list one way Washington became well known

To prepare your children for their distance learning program you may like to familiarize the students with the three cultures involved in the French and Indian War.You could use the “The Forks of the Ohio” lesson found on line by clicking here. This unit is part of a free teacher’s guide "The French and Indian War 1754-1763." Other useful lessons would include “What Were They Fighting For?”(click here) and “Domain of Three Nations” (click here).

Another good resource is the free teacher’s guide “Becoming George Washington.” This is also available free on-line by clicking here.

After your distance learning program you can help your students understand the importance of the French and Indian War by downloading “The French and Indian War Sets the Stage for the American Revolution” lesson plan by clicking here.


How to Participate

Scheduling: Fort Necessity uses a bridge to connect to schools.Call 724-329-8124 or email the education specialist at e-mail us to set up a date to perform a test and to schedule the program.

Times and Dates: Program will be offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Eastern time. Programs may be scheduled September through March.

Equipment needed: You can use video conferencing equipment or the Internet. If you are connecting via the Internet, the staff will provide a link to download the Polycom app which you will use to conference.  


Colonial History, French and Indian War, History, U.S. Presidents
National/State Standards:
US History: Era 2, Standard 1B.  Era 3, Standard 1A.  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1, SL.4.3;
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, 5.3;
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1, 6.3;
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1, 7.3;
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1, 8.3
Distance Learning

Last updated: December 13, 2018