Practically all the work is done for you! This packet is based on a letter that George Washington wrote to Governor George Clinton at Valley Forge on 2/16/1778. Have your students collaborate to find meanings of words, engage in meaningful classroom discussions on challenges facing Washington and his troops, and end this unit with having your students write an opinion piece with supporting evidence and examples. This Packet includes the following: Instructional Sequence lesson plan, Primary Source Transcription, Collaborative Dictionary, Focusing Fun, Words/Phrases to Clarify Page, PowerPoint Presentation, Brainstorming Chart, a Self-Check Rubric for a 5 Paragraph Essay, and a Teacher-Friendly Rubric for grading. This is a perfect Common Core lesson that will really reach your students!