Washington's Farewell Address ELA Informational Text Standard

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Use Washington's Farewell Address to teach the informational text standard. This resource includes fun activities like a blackout poem and writing a letter to Washington, analysis activities with a SOAPSTone and comparison, and a culminating essay.

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  1. Anticipation Guide: Activate your students prior knowledge with a quick activity asking them to agree and disagree with statements.
  2. Three Main Ideas Graphic Organizer (CER practice): In this activity, students use the text as a mentor text for the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Framework. students will determine what the three main takeaways are from Washington's Farewell Address, find evidence, and explain Washington's reasoning.
  3. SOAPSTone Graphic Organizer: Students are challenged to slow down their reading and determine what the subject, occasion, audience, purpose, speaker, and tone are for this piece.
  4. Rewriting for Clarity: Washington's Farewell Address can be difficult to digest with its complex sentences. In this activity, students get an opportunity to rewrite to sections and simplify them, making sure each sentence has a subject and a predicate.
  5. A Letter to Washington: In this fun activity, students reply to Washington, letting him know what has happened since he penned the letter. This activity allows students to determine who their audience is and use language appropriate to the subject.
  6. Blackout Poem: Students are provided with an excerpt and guidelines to create their own blackout poem.
  7. Connection to the Present Comparison Graphic Organizer: Students choose a contemporary article to compare to Washington's Farewell Address and compare both, drawing a conclusion.
  8. Essay Rubric: Students see the exact standards that they will be graded on in this three point rubric with space for teacher feedback
  9. Essay Planning Outline: An outline with the parts of the essay is provided for students who may struggle with the planning process or prefer to have a template.
  10. Essay Planning Sheet: A blank planning sheet is also provided for mapping out the essay or rough drafting.

This product includes a Google Slides format for digital learning and a PDF version to print and teach. You will only need a copy of Washington's Farewell Address in order to teach this lesson.

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”), including how they address related themes and concepts.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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