In this lesson, students will hypothesize how Washington became a state using their prior knowledge and reasoning skills, then search the US Constitution for its advice about how new states should be admitted into the Union. Next, students will collaboratively research a treaty or act of Congress to determine its effect on Washington and summarize their findings. Primary source texts will expose students to historical arguments supporting Washington’s bid for statehood, as well as the rules and procedures for Washington’s eventual admission as a state. Finally, students will apply their new knowledge to summarize Washington’s journey to statehood and reflect on their previous thinking, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses.
This lesson is aligned with the Common Core (CCSS) and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Standards. It also includes accommodations for English Language Learners (ESOL, EFL, ESL), exceptional education (ESE), and gifted students.