Washington's Farewell Address with Google Slides™

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Washington’s Farewell Address is one of the most recognized documents in US History. In it, Washington lays out his hopes and dreams for the United States of America. For centuries, Americans have looked to this document for advice – but have we followed the ideals set forth in this document? Allow your students to discover the advice Washington gives – and discuss whether or not we have followed these ideals.

Do you need Google Slides™ for distance learning? Those are included as well! You can shorten the activity if needed by deleting slides.

Your students will begin this activity by listening to a song from Hamilton– (link). What advice does Washington want to give the United States? Your students will then be given an image that represents part of his advice – they use the image to match a portion of his Farewell Address. Is he giving advice on political parties? On remaining neutral?

Once they have matched their quote, they reword it into everyday language. Your students are challenged at the end of the activity with a spectrum – Have we met or abandoned Washington’s ideals?

In this activity you will receive:

- A presentation guiding you through the lesson

- Handouts with questions for the Hamilton song

- A one page reading on Washington's Farewell Address

- Placards with images

- Placards with quotes

- A graphic organizer

- A key

- A lesson plan with detailed background information on Washington’s

Farewell Address

- Google Slides™ for distance learning


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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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