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Becoming George Washington: Unit 2: Young George Washington

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies


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. 

Guiding Question: What do you know about George Washington? What does his 1748 writing tell us about him as a young surveyor? What can we learn about how he has changed from his 1753 writing on a dangerous military trip? What character trait does his 1754 letter reveal?

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
  • List one character trait revealed by this 1754 promotion letter


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Last updated: January 11, 2016