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Washington Farewell Address - Close Reading, Writing Assignment, and Notes

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George Washington’s Farewell Address Activities and Guided Notes

Included in this resource: Word Splash writing activity, Close reading on Address, and Optional notes you could use in class. You can pick and choose the resources that best fit into your lessons.

Word Splash: Activity is designed to be used as a homework assignment or in class assignment. It would be used after direct instruction on George Washington’s Farewell Address. Or you could have the students complete some research and then complete the assignment.

There are 15 words in the word splash.

1. Asks students to answer summarize the main ideas of Washington’s speech using a minimum number of the target words.
You can easily add, change, or alter the words if you need to. For my struggling learners, I often limit the number of words they need to use. You also could give the students the choice of assignments.

Assignment also asks students to have someone else proofread and make changes.

A rubric attached to help make grading easier.

Close Reading
Also, included is an excerpt from the speech with some highlighted vocabulary to help students with the meaning. This could be used as the in class notes and followed by the word splash as homework. In addition, there are a couple close reading style questions as well as extension questions. The extension questions try to get students to tie this to current events.

Guided Notes
Short guided notes that could be used in conjunction with the other activities or just a review for the class. Included is a graphic and very short excerpt of Washington’s Farewell Address. This excerpt would be great to use for struggling learners.
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