New Nation Unit | 13 Resources for George Washington and John Adams Presidency

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This Early Republic and New Nation Unit includes 13 resources and activities to teach George Washington and John Adams presidency. Each of the 13 New Nation activities is engaging for student learning!

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The New Nation Unit features 13 hands-on lessons and is structured around the pressing issues facing the first two presidents of the United States, George Washington and John Adams. This unit is priced to save you big! This New Nation also includes access to 1:1 Google compatible lessons -- just follow the included instructions (in the lesson folder) to access the Google versions, then share through Google or assign via Google Classroom!

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Here, you will find a collection of resources compiled to create a an authentic and rich classroom environment - complete with a common-core structured Northwest Ordinance exploration, a student debate simulation, several map activities, a political cartoon assignment, several graphic organizers, and engaging video clips!

The New Nation Unit table of contents:

✔ 1.) The Introduction of the First President. An PowerPoint that provides an introduction to the Presidency, the Presidential Oath, and an overview of the dilemmas facing the nation that will be explored. Plus, an awesome created video is included that showcases the inauguration oath!

✔ 2.) Hamilton's Financial Plan, the DC Compromise, and the Whiskey Rebellion!. Students learn about the crippling debt facing the young United States after the Revolutionary War and how Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, planned to pay it back! Of course, his plan angers many which results in the Whiskey Rebellion!

✔ 3.) Washington's Ways! The Foreign and Domestic Policies of Our First President! In this lesson, students are introduced to two key issues that took place in Washington's presidency, one domestic and the other foreign. Students learn about the Whiskey Rebellion, the French Revolution, and the decision-making of President Washington to deal with these two pressing issues!

✔ 4.) The Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787! Students interact with primary source documents as they learn about the creation of townships, public education, and the banning of slavery in the Northwest Territory.

✔ 5.) The Treaty of Greenville after the Battle of Fallen Timbers! Students take on the role of cartographers as they draw the Treaty of Greenville line that was put in place after the Battle of Fallen Timber. Three modified versions of the treaty are included to help struggling readers!

✔ 6.) Should Washington Support the French or the British? A Propaganda Assignment! Students interpret primary sources and data sets to understand both sides to the argument of who to support in the French Revolution!

✔ 7.) Saying Goodbye: President Washington's Farewell Address-What Advice Did He Give?. Students read scaffolded chunks of President Washington's farewell address to learn the key pieces of advice he gives the young United States. Multiple options included for easy modifications!

✔ 8.) The Election of 1796: Student Web Quest and Data Analysis! In this engaging resource, students learn the views of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the 1796 election, then analyze the election results!

✔ 9.) The XYZ Affair. With the included PowerPoint, students learn the basics behind the XYZ Affair, then students complete skits, jot down only the most important notes, then, watch a short video to cement learning on the XYZ Affair.

✔ 10.) The XYZ Affair and the Alien and Sedition Acts - Two Birds, One Stone!. This Prezi activity has students follow along as they learn the connection between the XYZ Affair and the Alien and Sedition Acts. Video clips are linked and engaging graphic organizer focuses on the "big idea" of this moment in history.

✔ 11.) Political Cartoons: Students create a political cartoon based on topics in this unit. Three levels of modification are included for all learners!

✔ 12.) George Washington & John Adams Presidencies Unit Test! New Nation Exam! A thorough and complete unit test is included!

✔ 13.) New Nation "I Can" Statements & Learning Goals! Washington, Adams, Jefferson! A learning goal log and a set of "I Can" Statements are included in this unit (both in log format and in poster size) to track student learning! This log actually from from Washington to Monroe!


Are you interested in teaching Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe? Then check out the Jeffersonian America unit here!


Looking for effective and engaging supplements to this unit? Check out these awesome accessory resources:

New Nation Step-by-Step Guided PowerPoint

✩ George Washington & Culper Spy Ring Escape Room!

New Nation Primary Sources! 5 Differentiated Warmups for any New Nation Unit!

New Nation Interactive Notebook! Active Learning on Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe

New Nation & Early Republic Digital Interactive Notebook! Google Drive Ready!

New Nation Review! Jeopardy-like game to review Washington, Adams, Jefferson!



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