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Students will use a systematic analytical method to compare past presidents and current or potential future presidents and determine their own research-based ranking system.
Only two letters from George Washington to Martha Washington are known to exist, as Martha destroyed personal correspondence after his death. From these two surviving documents, historians have long tried to analyze the relationship between the two. In this assignment, students will perform their own analyses by reading the letters and writing an original English sonnet – a poetic form often used to convey themes of love, romance, and relationships – from George Washington to his wife, Martha.
Mount Vernon invited several well-known political cartoonists from newspapers across the country to draw cartoons focusing on major issues of George Washington’s presidency. Students will analyze uncaptioned versions of these cartoons and background information about the historical issues depicted, create their own captions and exhibit labels, and then compare their writing with the originals.
This lesson plan uses primary documents, such as Washington's Circular to the Governors, to explore the relationship between the many roles in George Washington's life and his leadership characteristics.
The intent of this lesson is to familiarize students with the similarities and differences in the views of classical philosophers and George Washington.
This lesson will connect Washington’s Farewell Address to later presidential foreign policy messages and determine the influence of George Washington’s message had on the nation’s posterity.
Students will analyze George Washington’s role in defining the presidency and learn how his legacy continues to impact the office today.
Students will examine 19th century art and primary documents to identify the symbolism used to communicate George Washington’s apotheosis.
Using the weekly news show “Meet the Press” as a model, students will portray George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama in a television interview. Students will develop answers to the host’s questions by researching primary documents and current news articles.
This lesson explores George Washington’s leadership and character as commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary War by bringing to life the relationships between him and his generals as they fought for our nation’s freedom.
Students will discuss the selection of George Washington as commander of the Continental Army, evaluate his qualifications, and decide if he was, indeed, the right choice.
Students will examine George Washington's role as a man who fought for and led our country in the belief that "all men are created equal" while also owning slaves.