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The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

Lesson Purpose

A primary source worksheet for students focused on close reading skills. Students are asked to rank ten modern rules of civility alone and in small groups before completing a short activity sourcing and rephrasing George Washington's version of the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior. This resource was created by 2015-2016 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Marcia Motter.


Worksheet Objectives:

  • Students will work alone and in small groups to rank ten modern day rules of civility and decent behavior.
  • Students will source George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior  
  • Students will rephrase five of George Washington's Rule of Civility into today's language and consider their relevance to today's society.

Related Standards:

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Reading for Perspective
  • Writing Skills