George Washington's Farewell Address (1796)

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William Pulgarin
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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This helped me to organize my lesson about the Farewell Address in my first year with this content. Thank you!
Good addition to my other materials over the Farewell Address that tends to be difficult for ms students to read in itself.


George Washington delivered his farewell address on September 1796, stating that he would not accept a third term as president. He was 64 years old and disheartened: the patriot, war hero, president, and national symbol had been unable to stay above the political arguments between the Federalists and the Republicans. In his address, he argues for a nation united rather than divided by parties, economic policies, and foreign affairs. In this assignment students are given opportunities to read excerpts from his speech.

In this activity, students begin by writing their own farewell address. Then, students read three excerpts from George Washington's farewell address and reflect on what is being said. This activity also gives a background to the speech and explores the general implications on future generations. Ready to print and use! Enjoy!

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45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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