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Farewell Address: Giving Advice and Leaving a Legacy

Lesson Purpose

This lesson examines George Washington's advice in his Farewell Address in order to understand the context and rationale for it. Students are asked to create their own farewell address that offers advice to students in next year's class, specifically referencing a growth mindset. This lesson was created by 2016-2017 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Joanne Howard.



  • Students will examine and describe the advice given in Washington’s Farewell Address and discuss its context.
  • Students will create their own farewell address in which they also give advice to a future group of students.

Related Standards:

  • Principles of Democracy
  • Revolution and the New Nation
  • Writing Standards
  • Reading Standards in Technical Subjects