Last updated: July 24, 2015
Becoming George Washington: Unit 3: Becoming a Leader Grade 4-6
- 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.5, 6-8.RH.7, 6-8.RH.9, 4.RI.1, 4.RI.2, 4.RI.3, 4.RI.4, 4.RI.7, 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.9, 5.RI.10, 6.RI.1, 6.RI.2, 6.RI.3, 6.RI.4, 6.RI.6, 6.RI.7, 6.RI.9, 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.
Guiding Question: How did Washington's experience in the French and Indian War prepare him for his role as a military leader?
Student objectives: Students will…
• List what kind of leader Washington was at the Battle at Fort Necessity and the Battle of the Monongahela using his own writings
• List the emotions Washington wrote about at the Battle of the Monongahela
• List three ways the French and Indian War prepared Washington for the role of military leader
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.
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.
Becoming a Leader Grades 4-6, has a 6 page lesson plan for the teachers and the following additional material: 3 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.
Download lesson plan.
Review background materials, additional materials and procedures for each section of the lesson.
Copy/print relevant materials as handouts for students.
Optional: KWL chart about George Washington
See downloadable lesson plan for detailed procedures.
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.
and more found in the lesson plan document.
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Unit 3: Becoming a Leader Grades 4-6
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.