George Washington's Farewell Address, excerpt 2 - reading fluency

Robert Walton
Grade Levels
9th - 11th
Formats Included
  • PDF
5 pages
Share this resource
Robert Walton


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.

Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up