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Lesson Purpose

A lesson that draws a connection between the innovative steps that George Washington took as “first farmer” and the wave of changes that comprised the American Industrial Revolution. Students will explore information from sources such as text, video, and drawings. Students will make interdisciplinary connections between history and science/engineering. This resource was created by 2013-2014 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Hannah Markwardt. 



  • Students will interpret visual evidence to make inferences about the mechanical operation of the Evans mill system
  • Students will consult primary and tertiary sources to discover how Washington’s gristmill operates
  • Students will compose vivid descriptive writing in response to visual and auditory stimuli

Related Standards

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Integrate and Evaluate Content in Diverse Formats.
  • Writing Standards
  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Science, Technology, and Society