This primary source activity has students deconstruct one of the most famous speeches in early American history: George Washington's Farewell Address. Use this activity as a jigsaw or small group reading. Instructions can be edited to meet the needs of your students.
This reading helps students see Washington's most valuable and important pieces of advice for the young American nation.
Activity includes student readings and instructions. Additionally, there are discussion questions for students to use in their small groups to reflect on Washington's speech and its effect on American history.
It also includes an optional culminating task for students to write a modern Farewell Address for the current president. A rubric is included for this speech, as well.