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Lesson Purpose

A primary source worksheet for students focused on using place as a primary source. Students will explore Samuel Vaughan's 1787 map of Mount Vernon to gain a better understanding of George Washington and the 18th-century world in which he lived. 


Worksheet Objectives:

  • Students will analyze a map of George Washington's Mount Vernon created by Samuel Vaughan.  
  • Students will practice using historical thinking skills to answer questions using evidence from the document to support their conclusions.
  • Students will recognize how place can be used as a primary source.

Related Standards:

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Developing Research Skills 

Samuel Vaughan's 1787 Drawing of Mount Vernon can be accessed in the ZIP file download or in Mount Vernon's Collections Online.