Last updated: July 29, 2020
Becoming George Washington: Unit 3: Becoming a Leader - Grade 4-6
- Grade Level:
- Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
- Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
- Lesson Duration:
- 90 Minutes
- Common Core Standards:
- 6-8.RH.1, 6-8.RH.2, 6-8.RH.4, 6-8.RH.5, 6-8.RH.7, 6-8.RH.9, 4.RI.1, 4.RI.2, 4.RI.3, 4.RI.4, 4.RI.6, 4.RI.7, 4.RI.9, 4.RI.10, 5.RI.1, 5.RI.2, 5.RI.3, 5.RI.4, 5.RI.6, 5.RI.7, 5.RI.9, 5.RI.10, 6.RI.1, 6.RI.2, 6.RI.3, 6.RI.4, 6.RI.6, 6.RI.7, 6.RI.9, 6.RI.10
- State Standards:
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards
- Additional Standards:
- National Standards for History: Historical Thinking, Standard 2, 3, 4 and Era 2 Standard 1B
- Thinking Skills:
- Remembering: Recalling or recognizing information ideas, and principles. Understanding: Understand the main idea of material heard, viewed, or read. Interpret or summarize the ideas in own words. Analyzing: Break down a concept or idea into parts and show the relationships among the parts.
How did Washington's experience in the French and Indian War prepare him for his role as a military leader?
Student objectives: Students will…
• List what kind of leader Washington was at the Battle at Fort Necessity and the Battle of the Monongahela using his own writings
• List the emotions Washington wrote about at the Battle of the Monongahela
• List three ways the French and Indian War prepared Washington for the role of military leader
Historian Don Higginbotham said, “It would be hard to exaggerate the significance of the French and Indian War in the life and fortunes of George Washington.” Students study George Washington during the Fort Necessity campaign and the Braddock campaign looking at primary source materials including his writings, maps, images and a timeline.
Becoming a Leader Grades 4-6, has a 6 page lesson plan for the teachers and the following additional material: 3 Resource Pages, 5 Images Pages and an answer key. The lesson uses Washington's own words, images and maps to show what he experienced during the Battle at Fort Necessity and the Battle of the Monongahela. These activities show how he grew as a military leader.
Check out the other unit for Grades 4-6
Unit 1: Young George Washington Grades 4-6
This curriculum is available to teachers free of charge as a printed booklet with a CD. Please go to the Receiving French and Indian War Curriculum Materials page for information.
Download lesson plan and the other materials.
Review background materials, additional materials and procedures for each section of the lesson.
Copy/print relevant materials as handouts for students.
The student resources includes Washington's original writings and modern adaptions of those writings.
The French and Indian War had a dramatic and life-changing effect on Washington. At the beginning Washington was inexperienced and just a year later he was acclaimed as a hero. This lesson will help you understand this change in Washington.
See downloadable lesson plan for detailed procedures.
Answer Key Becoming George Washington
George Washington's Remarks
Becoming George Washington: Bibliography and other resources
Becoming George Washington: Introduction to the teacher's resource guide
The Fort Necessity National Battlefield website offers information about George Washington and the Battle at Fort Necessity.
For additional printed resources please go to the Receiving French and Indian War Curriculum Materials page.
Related Lessons or Education Materials
Fort Necessity National Battlefield has an eight unit teacher's guide on the French and Indian War for Grade 4-6 entitled "The French and Indian War 1754-1763".
The following are the links to the eight unit curriculum:
Unit 3: How Did the Conflict Begin? (This includes two lessons on George Washington)
Unit 7: Biography Cards (there are nine American Indian, nine French, nine British biographies)
The teacher's resource guide "Becoming George Washington" also has units for students Grade 7-12:
Unit 2: Young George Washington Grades 7-12
Unit 4: Becoming a Leader Grades 7-12
Unit 5: Analyzing documents
This teacher's resource guide was written by Carolyn P. Yoder for French and Indian War 250, Inc. and was made possible by the Grable Foundation and the US Dept. of Education.