Lesson Plan

George Washington: The Precedent President

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Everyone knows that George Washington was the first president, but do your scholars know why that was so important? The lesson plan, the third in a sequence of three, allows learners to understand how George Washington set a precedent for which powers a president should have and how a president should act in the executive office. Presidents to this day follow his precedent—talk about setting a good example!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • For a flipped classroom, scholars can research and write a list of presidential powers from provided resources at home, and then use class time for a discussion about what the different presidential powers mean
  • To differentiate for English learners during the assessment section, give them a copy of the passages to read with the illustrated events so that they can follow along at their own pace
Classroom Considerations
  • Prior preparation of resources will make for effective classroom discussion
  • Collaboration and visual aids provide the basis for a n in-depth class discussion 
  • differentiating is simplified because of the plan's flexibility and assessment suggestions
  • None