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Lesson Purpose

A lesson asking students to investigate and analyze the historical context of the Revolutionary War song, Yankee Doodle. As a culminating activity, students are asked to create their own additional verses about George Washington to the tune of the song.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will analyze the life of George Washington and identify 5-10 major events in his life.
  • Students will analyze verses of Yankee Doodle and their relationship to the American Revolution and founding of the United States of America
  • Students will compare/contrast major events in Washington’s life with verses from Yankee Doodle
  • Students will create additional verses about George Washington’s life to the tune of Yankee Doodle

Related Standards

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Developing Research Skills
  • Colonial America
  • Revolution and the New Nation