President Washington published his Farewell Address on September 19th, 1796 in the American Daily Advertiser. He did so to decline a 3rd term as president prior to the upcoming election. Both James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton helped him compose this statement. It is as timely and important now as it was then. This excerpt is most substantial. It details Washington’s concern that party extremism will lead to tyranny.
I hope the following activities will help you open its meanings to your students. I’ve included vocabulary, directed reading and reciprocal teaching activities as well as critical thinking and writing opportunities. The excerpted text of the Address has a Flesch-Kincaid reading level of 12th grade. However, it is brief and the activities should ease your students’ interaction with its 18th Century prose. Please look for additional excerpts from this address here on TPT. They’ll follow this format and I’ll post them as I finish them.
Should you wish to peruse the entire Farewell Address, you might search for the transcription made by the Avalon Project at Yale Law School.