Lesson Purpose

In this psychology lesson, students look at short primary and secondary source excerpts in order to determine how different psychologists (Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Albert Bandura, and any trait theorist) might discuss the personality of George Washington. This resource was created by 2015-2016 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Kelsey Snyder. 



  • Students will develop claims using evidence from primary and secondary and accurate theory terminology to analyze George Washington’s personality.
  • Students will compare and contrast how different psychologists might discuss the personality of George Washington.
  • Students will understand that the limits of their sources and acknowledge that their analysis may not be historically accurate.
  • Students will acknowledge that there are no definitive answers when determining the private personality of a public figure that lived centuries ago

Related Standards

  • Reading and Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Integrate and Evaluate Content in Diverse Formats.
  • Writing Standards
  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • Perspectives

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