George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen

Does the lens of history portray George Washington as a good leader? A three-lesson unit looks at Washington's early military career as the commander of the Virginia Regiment, his role in the fight for independence from England, and his leadership as the first president of the United States.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members investigate the writings of Benjamin Franklin Bache and other critics of Washington
  • Create an interdisciplinary unit between social studies and language arts
Classroom Considerations

  • Participants should have experience analyzing primary source materials
Pros

  • The resource includes a brief plan, links to all required primary source documents, and suggestions for culminating activities
Cons

  • No rubrics are included for the various assessment activities