George Washington and His Hatchet

America has a long history of presidents with an affinity for the truth, from Honest Abe to George Washington and his cherry tree. A short passage features Washington's infamous hatchet and confession, and includes four comprehension questions to reinforce literacy skills.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Add to a homework packet for extra reading practice
  • Use as a warm-up activity on President's Day or George Washington's birthday
  • Project the passage onto the board for learners to annotate together
Classroom Considerations
  • Does not address word meanings as a skill, including the word hatchet with which some learners may not be familiar; consider folding questions about context clues into the activity
  • Class members who struggle with making inferences may need some assistance on the fourth question
  • Two-page format makes it easy to copy and distribute a double-sided worksheet
  • Connects to both language arts and social studies curricula
  • None
Common Core