Lesson Purpose

A lesson exploring George Washington’s leadership and character as commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary War. Students analyze primary source documents and images to examine the relationships between George Washington and his generals during the American Revolution. A short research project focused on a Revolutionary War military leader challenges students to examine leadership characteristics.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will discuss the leadership characteristics that made Washington an effective leader.
  • Students will analyze primary source documents and images to understand the relationship between Washington and his Revolutionary War generals.
  • Students will research a Revolutionary War military leader using primary sources and decide whether the general displayed leadership characteristics.

Related Standards:

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Speaking and Listening
  • American Revolution and the Founding of a New Nation
  • Research Skills

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