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The Journal of Major George Washington, 1754

Lesson Purpose

A primary source worksheet for students focused on close reading skills. Students are asked to read and analyze an advertisement George Washington wrote after his report to Governor Dinwiddie was published in 1754. This resource was created by 2015-2016 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Marcia Motter.


Worksheet Objectives:

  • Students will analyze George Washington's advertisement about his trip to the Ohio Valley in 1754.
  • Students will practice using historical thinking skills to answer questions using evidence from the document to support their conclusions.

Related Standards:

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Reading for Perspective
  • Writing Skills
  • Developing Research Skills 
  • Colonial America