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Becoming George Washington Unit 1

Young George Washington Teacher's Resource Guide

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RH.1, 6-8.RH.2, 6-8.RH.4, 6-8.RH.7, 6-8.RH.9, 6-8.RH.10, 4.RI.1, 4.RI.2, 4.RI.3, 4.RI.4, 4.RI.6, 4.RI.9, 4.RI.10, 5.RI.1, 5.RI.2, 5.RI.3, 5.RI.4, 5.RI.6, 5.RI.7, 5.RI.8, 5.RI.9, 5.RI.10, 6.RI.1, 6.RI.2, 6.RI.3, 6.RI.4, 6.RI.5, 6.RI.7, 6.RI.10
State Standards:
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards
Additional Standards:
National Standards for History: Historical Thinking, Standard 2, 3, 4 and Era 2 Standard 1B
Thinking Skills:
Remembering: Recalling or recognizing information ideas, and principles. Understanding: Understand the main idea of material heard, viewed, or read. Interpret or summarize the ideas in own words. Analyzing: Break down a concept or idea into parts and show the relationships among the parts.

Essential Question

What can you learn about young George Washington's personality and ambitions from reading his journals ?


Student objectives: Students will…
• List what they know about Washington, correcting items on their list as they research the man
• Analyze his 1748 writing as a surveyor
• List three ways he has changed by reading his 1753 writing on a military mission


By studying young George Washington’s writings as a 16-year-old surveyor and writings from his first military trip five years later students will learn about his character and ambitions. The lesson will also help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about Washington. Students will be introduced to a young man who is strong, brave and ready to make a name for himself.

Young George Washington Grades 4-6, has a 6 page lesson plan for the teachers and the following additional material: Additional Sources, Resource Pages 1-6, Images 1-5 and an answer key. The lesson uses Washington's own words, images and maps to show his character and ambitions and how he matures over time. The lesson highlights two of young Washington's adventures, his 1748 trip as a surveyor and his 1753 military trip to ask the French to leave the area.


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Download The Lesson Plan Young George Washington Grade 4-6

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The student resources includes Washington's original writings and modern adaptions of those writings.

Download The student Resources Young George Washington Grade 4-6

Lesson Hook/Preview

We can learn about Washington's personality and ambitions by reading his early writings and seeing how they change over time.


Follow lesson procedures in the downloadable lesson plan document.


Surveyor: a person who measures the land and locates boundaries of land ownership

Additional Resources

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.

Bibliography and other resources

Introduction to the teacher's resource guide Becoming George Washington

George Washington's Remarks

Related Lessons or Education Materials

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.

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Last updated: December 21, 2018