Lesson Purpose

A primary source worksheet for students focused on close reading skills. Students are asked to read and analyze a section of George Washington's 1799 Will and Testament concerning the freedom of his enslaved manservant William "Billy" Lee. This resource was created by 2015-2016 Life Guard Teacher Fellow Marcia Motter.


Worksheet Objectives:

  • Students will analyze the section of George Washington's Will and Testament concerning the freedom of his enslaved manservant William "Billy" Lee.  
  • 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 

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