Students will examine the first four pages of George Washington’s Last Will and Testament and use the document to determine the evolution of Washington’s stance on equality, the institution of slavery, and the correlation of the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence through the use of direct reading instruction for informational texts and document analysis.
Essential Question/Compelling Question:
How does George Washington’s Last Will and Testament illustrate Washington’s stance on equality, the institution of slavery, and the values of American Democracy expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
-Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.
-Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
-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.
-Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.