General George Washington In Massachusetts — 1775–1776

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Who was George Washington? What were the events and principles that formed his character and made him the man he was? To gain insight into this amazing individual, pupils examine multiple primary source materials, from his childhood diary to letters to his family, from his military journal entries, to legislative records, to his last will and testimony. Activities focus on how to identify the different types of primary source materials, how to read, and how to analyze these documents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Not all the primary source materials are grouped by reading level; consider formulating mixed ability groups so that stronger readers can assist struggling learners
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed to meet the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks, the unit can easily be adapted to any class
  • Choose from among the lessons or present the entire thematic unit
  • Requires extra prep time to reproduce and collate the required primary source documents
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  • The 127 page thematic unit includes four complete plans with primary source records, documents, maps, illustrations, and artifacts from July 1775 through April 1776  
  • Also included are optional lessons on the economics of the time, colonial geography, an on-line character study, and suggestions for further reading
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