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Lesson Purpose

This lesson explores George Washington's legacy through a growth mindset by allowing students time to research and know George Washington by analyzing myths about him and exploring why those myths were created. This lesson was created by 2016-2017 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Joanne Howard.



  • Students will conduct research individually and cooperatively on George Washington’s life.
  • Students will describe the concept of a myth and analyze the myths that surround George Washington.
  • Students will use a graphic organizer to analyze a painting in teaching teams.

Related Standards: 

  • Colonial America
  • Explain Changing Perspectives
  • Civic Values and Social Norms
  • Using Multiple Historical Sources