Hero of the Revolution: George Washington


Social Studies American History American Revolution Hero of the Revolution: George Washington
Students watch a short film about George Washington and pose a question that they have about him. Then they review some of his major accomplishments as a military leader, including the winter at Valley Forge and why the soldiers respected Washington. Next they explain why it was significant that Washington surrendered his power as military commander when he became president. Finally, they analyze the purpose of the folklore about young Washington and the cherry tree.

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Overview

In this experience, students watch a short film about George Washington and pose a question that they have about him. Then they review some of his major accomplishments as a military leader, including the winter at Valley Forge and why the soldiers respected Washington. Next they explain why it was significant that Washington surrendered his power as military commander when he became president. Finally, they analyze the purpose of the folklore about young Washington and the cherry tree.

If you have access to leveled readers that include biographies of George Washington, assign them to the students in parallel to this experience.

Estimated duration: 30-40 minutes

Vocabulary words:

  • military
  • inoculation
  • typhus
  • confidence
  • surrender
  • biography

Objectives

  • Describe the military contributions of George Washington.
  • Analyze the lore of young George Washington and the cherry tree.


Engage


George Washington is probably one of the most famous and important of the Founding Fathers. Before he became the first president of the United States, he was the head of the Continental Army. Without the military victories that he led, there may never have been a country called the United States. In this experience, you will learn about some of Washington’s early contributions.

Objectives
  • Describe the military contributions of George Washington.
  • Analyze the lore of young George Washington and the cherry tree.


a one-dollar bill featuring George Washington’s portrait

George Washington on the one dollar bill


Watch this short film: George Washington: Reluctant.


What is a question you have about George Washington?



Review student questions. This experience will focus on his military accomplishments. A later lesson will discuss his political contributions.

Interested students can read the article below the video for more information about Washington.


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