From Mount Vernon
Exploring George Washington’s Leadership
Students dentify qualities that made Washington a strong leader
George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Students examine Emmanuel Leutze's painting
George Washington’s Revolutionary Journeys
Students discover journeys George Washington made
What Makes a Good General?
This lesson explores Washington’s leadership and character
From the Library of Congress
George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
Three lessons examine George Washington's leadership
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October 29, 2009 · Grades 9-12 · 60 min.
Through dedication and determination, George Washington accomplished the impossible by leading the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolution. Our panel of historians explores how Washington’s leadership was instrumental in securing American independence. The panel includes Caroline Cox, professor of history, the University of the Pacific and author of Proper Sense of Honor: Service and Sacrifice in George Washington’s Army; William Fowler, professor of history, Northeastern University and author of Rebels Under Sail: The Navy in the Revolution; Ed Lengel, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of General George Washington: A Military Life; and Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Saunders director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean.
Joining the panel are JROTC cadets from area high schools. Their questions, as well as questions from students across the United States, stimulate a lively discussion covering Washington’s relationship with his generals as well as the common soldier, the British perspective on the war, the turning point at Valley Forge, and the quelling of a rebellion at Newburgh. Key themes of leadership, perseverance, teamwork and cooperation to achieve a goal are also discussed.
George Washington is appointed Commander in Chief
The student will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis and responsible citizenship, including the ability to (d) develop perspectives of time and place, including the construction of maps and various timelines of events, periods, and personalities in American history; (e) communicate findings orally and in analytical essays or comprehensive
The student will demonstrate knowledge of events and issues of the Revolutionary Period by: (d) analyzing reasons for colonial victory in the Revolutionary War
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the Constitution of the United States and how the principles of limited government, consent of the governed, and the social contract are embodied in it by: (b) identifying the major compromises necessary to produce the Constitution, and the roles of James Madison and George Washington
Era 3: Standard 1A
The student understands the causes of the American Revolution.
Era 3: Standard 1C
The student understands the factors affecting the course of the war and contributing to the American victory.