Last updated: September 26, 2019
Becoming George Washington: Unit 5: Analyzing Documents
- Grade Level:
- High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
- Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
- Lesson Duration:
- 90 Minutes
- State Standards:
- NATIONAL/STATE 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. Applying: Apply an abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience. Analyzing: Break down a concept or idea into parts and show the relationships among the parts.
Why was Washington a successful leader later in life?
Student objectives: Students will…
· Explain two reasons why Washington was a successful leader later in life
· List two primary documents used to support their explanation
This lesson plan helps students understand how to analyze primary source materials using four writings from Washington’s life and a portrait of Washington. Teachers can have students participate in a Document-Based Questions activity. Additionally more information about the “remarks” that Washington made on his French and Indian War activities is included.
Unit 2: Young George Washington Grades 7-12
Unit 4: Becoming a Leader Grades 7-12
This curriculum is available to teachers free of charge as a printed booklet with a CD. Please email the education staff if your want a printed copy.
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Student resources and images
These are Washington's remarks on his French and Indian War experiences written for a biographer.
Original documents can help students understand George Washington and why he became such a successful leader. Later in his life Washington wrote about his French and Indian War experiences for a biographer. This document is not called the "Remarks."
Follow lesson procedures in the downloadable lesson plan document. There is an explanation of how to the resource pages to construct a DBQ (document based question).
Answer Key Becoming George Washington
Becoming George Washington: Introduction to the teacher's resource guide
The Fort Necessity National Battlefield website offers information about George Washington and the Battle at Fort Necessity.
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The teacher's resource guide "Becoming George Washington" also has units for students Grade 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.