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Unit #4: George Washington Creates The Presidency
Learning Target: I can PREDICT the challenges George Washington faced as the first President of the United States. 

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Today you will be starting a new Live Binder :-)  Follow the directions below.  You will also be creating a tab for your learning targets and a tab for this assignment. 
 
1.  Create a new binder in your LiveBinder account.  Name your binder: "First Presidents."  Your description can read: "Shortly after the ratification of the United States Constitution, our new form of government
     was put into place.  Each of our first presidents had to test the new U.S. Constitution to see if it would work.  In this unit we will be going over the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, and
     Thomas Jefferson. We will examine each of the many challenges they faced during their administrations." 
Hint: You may want to copy and paste this description into your Live Binder account. 

 2.  Next, create a "Learning Targets" tab in your new "First Presidents" LiveBinder.  In your new tab, Now click on "content" > "text" to set up your Learning Targets page.  

 3.  Now, copy and paste the following learning target into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

      Learning Target: I can PREDICT the challenges George Washington faced as the first President of the United States. 

 4.  Now, create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "George Washington Creates The Presidency" for this assignment. 


 5.  Now click on "Content" > "Text" > "Text Media" option


Red Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

 Part I: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About George Washington The Man!

 
1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part I: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About George Washington The Man!

 
2. Conduct your own Internet search to find an image of George Washington as out first President.   Save the image to your computer using the control + click function.  Upload the image to your LiveBinder media
     box.  
3.  George Washington is the most famous and arguable the most important American to have ever lived!  Even today, nearly every American, is able to identify George
     Washington and even recall some of his many contributions to our nation.   However, beyond the history of a nation which George Washington created during his
     extraordinary lifetime was a man.  In this section we will be conducting some research in order to learn more about George Washington "the man" in order to better
     understand his place in our nation's history.  

    Conduct your own Internet research to answer the questions about George Washington "the man" below.  Place your answers in your LiveBinder text box.

     A.  In what year was George Washington born?  Where was George Washington's born?

     B.  What were the names of George Washington's parents?  What happened to Washington's father?

     C.  What was the name of George Washington's wife?  How many children did he have?  How many grandchildren did he have? 

     D.  What do we know about George Washington's teeth?

     E.  Why did George Washington feel that he could not be injured by bullets?

     F.  What kind of wig did George Washington wear?  Was his hair rockin' like Mr. G's hair?

     G.  How tall was George Washington?  Did he take pride in his personal appearance?

     H.  Did George Washington ever leave the United States?  If so, where did he go?

     I.  As a young man, name some of the location George Washington surveyed.
    
     J.  How old was George Washington when he became president?  In which cities did Washington live when he was president? 

     K.  What hobbies did George Washington have?  

     L.  Where did George Washington die?  How old was he?
 

4.  Choose ONE of the following questions below to research.  In your LiveBinder text box, compose a well written paragraph (7-9 sentences) answering the question. 

     A. Conduct your own Internet research about the classic tale of George Washington chopping down his fathers cherry tree.  Explain the moral of this story and how it
         reflects on George Washington's character.    Do you think this story is true.

     B.  Conduct your own Internet research about the classic tale of George
Washington throwing the silver dollar across the Potomac River.  Was this story true?  Why do you
          think people would want to tell such a story about George Washington?


 
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 Part II: George Washington As President Advanced Organizer #1

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part II: George Washington As President Advanced Organizer #1

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "presidential administration," "executive," and "presidency."

3.  Watch the advanced organizer video about the presidency of George Washington

    

4.  In your LiveBinder text box, make a list of at least 15 facts you learned about George Washington's presidency from the video.

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 Part III: George Washington Takes Office

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part III: George Washington Takes Office.

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definition of the terms "inauguration," "reluctant," and "culprit."  Place the definition in your LiveBinder textbox.

3.  Now take a few moments to watch this short video clip about George Washington taking office.  You should also explore the information in boxes 2-9 of the George Washington As President Materials.

    

4.  Next, read the passage about George Washington upon learning he would become our first president
 
5.  In your LiveBinder textbox, compose a well written paragraph (7-9 sentences) answering the following question:

    Based on what you have learned from the information above, explain how George Washington must have felt upon learning that he would be inaugurated as the first President of the United States.  Be sure to
    use at least 5 examples from the resources to support your ideas.  Be sure to include the primary source quotes found in his diary.

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Part IV: Washington's Precedents and Problems

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part IV: Washington's Precedents and Problems."

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definition of the term "precedent."  Place the definition in your LiveBinder textbox.

3.  As the first President of the United States, George Washington knew that he had to set an example for all future presidents.  After all, there had never been the Office of President prior to his inauguration in the
     history of the world.  Take a few moments to explore all of the materials in boxes 10 -12 of the George Washington As President Materials.

4.  Conduct your own Internet search.  Find at least three examples of our current president following George Washington's "precedents."  Place the links to each example (article) in your LiveBinder textbox. 

5.  Next, read over the Digital History website to learn more about the challenges George Washington faced as our first president. 

6.  In your LiveBinder text box, use the information in the Digital History website to answer the following question in the form of a well written paragraph (7-9 sentences).

     * In your opinion, what should George Washington do first in office in order to confront the many problems the United States faced after his inauguration?   Use the information in the Digital History website as
        well as the George Washington As President Materials to explain your answer.


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White Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

 Part I: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About George Washington The Man!

 
1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part I: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About George Washington The Man!

 
2. Conduct your own Internet search to find an image of George Washington as out first President.   Save the image to your computer using the control + click function.  Upload the image to your LiveBinder media
     box.  
3.  George Washington is the most famous and arguable the most important American to have ever lived!  Even today, nearly every American, is able to identify George
     Washington and even recall some of his many contributions to our nation.   However, beyond the history of a nation which George Washington created during his
     extraordinary lifetime was a man.  In this section we will be conducting some research in order to learn more about George Washington "the man" in order to better
     understand his place in our nation's history.  

    Conduct your own Internet research to answer the questions about George Washington "the man" below.  Place your answers in your LiveBinder text box.

     A.  In what year was George Washington born?  Where was George Washington's born?

     B.  What were the names of George Washington's parents?  What happened to Washington's father?

     C.  What was the name of George Washington's wife?  How many children did he have?  How many grandchildren did he have? 

     D.  What do we know about George Washington's teeth?

     E.  Why did George Washington feel that he could not be injured by bullets?

     F.  What kind of wig did George Washington wear?  Was his hair
rockin' like Mr. G's hair?

     G.  How tall was George Washington?  Did he take pride in his personal appearance?

     H.  Did George Washington ever leave the United States?  If so, where did he go?

     I.  How old was George Washington when he became president?  In which cities did Washington live when he was president? 

     J.  What hobbies did George Washington have?  

     K.  Where did George Washington die?  How old was he?
 

 
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 Part II: George Washington As President Advanced Organizer #1


1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part II: George Washington As President Advanced Organizer #1

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "presidential administration," and "presidency."

3.  Watch the advanced organizer video about the presidency of George Washington

    

4.  In your LiveBinder text box, make a list of at least 10 facts you learned about George Washington's presidency from the video.

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 Part III: George Washington Takes Office

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part III: George Washington Takes Office.

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definition of the term "inauguration."  Place the definition in your LiveBinder textbox.

3.  Take a few moments to read the information in the Inauguration of George Washington reading passage.  Remember, if you would like the text read to you, use the text to speech function on your computer.
 
4.  Now take a few moments to watch this short video clip about George Washington taking office.  You should also explore the information in boxes 2-9 of the George Washington As President Materials.

    

5.  Based on what you read and watched, make a list of at least 5 adjectives (words that describe the event) that describe the day George Washington became our first president.

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 Part IV: Washington's Precedents and Problems

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part IV: Washington's Precedents and Problems."

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definition of the term "precedent."  Place the definition in your LiveBinder textbox.

3.  As the first President of the United States, George Washington knew that he had to set an example for all future presidents.  After all, there had never been the Office of President prior to his inauguration in the
     history of the world.  Take a few moments to explore all of the materials in boxes 10 -12 of the George Washington As President Materials

     You should also explore the following passage about George Washington's precedents as it is very helpful.

4.  In your LiveBinder textbox, compose a well written paragraph (5-7 sentences) explaining the "precedents for presidents" that George Washington set during his presidency.

5.  Next, read over the Digital History website to learn more about the challenges George Washington faced as our first president.  Remember, to use the text to speech function on your computer if you would like      the text read to you.

6.  In your LiveBinder text box, use the information in the Digital History website to answer the following questions in the form of at least 3 complete sentences:

     A.  If you were George Washington, what would you do as president to help make the 13 states more united as one country? Please explain.

     B.  If you were George Washington our first president, which of our nation's problems would you try to fixe first the poor economy or our national defense issues?  Please explain. 


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Blue Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

 Part I: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About George Washington The Man!

 
1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part I: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About George Washington The Man!

 
2. Conduct your own Internet search to find an image of George Washington as out first President.   Save the image to your computer using the control + click function.  Upload the image to your LiveBinder media
     box.  
3.  George Washington is the most famous and arguable the most important American to have ever lived!  Even today, nearly every American, is able to identify George
     Washington and even recall some of his many contributions to our nation.   However, beyond the history of a nation which George Washington created during his
     extraordinary lifetime was a man.  In this section we will be conducting some research in order to learn more about George Washington "the man" in order to better
     understand his place in our nation's history.  

    Conduct your own Internet research to answer the questions about George Washington "the man" below.  Place your answers in your LiveBinder text box.

     A.  In what year was George Washington born?  In what state was George Washington's born?

     B.  What was the name of George Washington's wife?  How many step children did he have? 

     C.  What do we know about George Washington's teeth?

     D  What kind of wig did George Washington wear?  Was his hair rockin' like Mr. G's hair?

     E.  How tall was George Washington? 

     F.  What was the capital of the United States when he was president?  

     G.  Where did George Washington die? 


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 Part II: George Washington As President Advanced Organizer #1

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part II: George Washington As President Advanced Organizer #1

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "presidential administration."

3
.  Watch the advanced organizer video about the presidency of George Washington

    

4.  In your LiveBinder text box, make a list of at least 5 facts you learned about George Washington's presidency from the video.

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 Part III: George Washington Takes Office

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part III: George Washington Takes Office.

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definition of the term "inauguration."  Place the definition in your LiveBinder textbox.

3.  Take a few moments to watch this short video clip about George Washington taking office

    

4.  Based on what you watched, make a list of at least 3 adjectives (words that describe the event) that describe the day George Washington became our first president.

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 Part IV: Washington's Precedents and Problems

1.  Place a title for this section in your LiveBinder text box that reads "Part IV: Washington's Precedents and Problems."

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definition of the term "precedent."  Place the definition in your LiveBinder textbox.

3.  As the first President of the United States, George Washington knew that he had to set an example for all future presidents.  After all, there had never been the Office of President prior to his inauguration in the
     history of the world.  Take a few moments to explore all of the materials in boxes 10 -12 of the George Washington As President Materials.

     You should also explore the following passage about George Washington's precedents as it is very helpful.

4.  In your LiveBinder textbox, make a list of at least 3 "precedents for presidents" that George Washington set during his presidency.

5.  Next, read over the Digital History website to learn more about the challenges George Washington faced as our first president.  Remember, to use the text to speech function on your computer if you would like
     the text read to you.

6.  In your LiveBinder text box, use the information in the Digital History website to answer the following questions:

     A.  When George Washington became president, why was the nation in debt?

     B.  What do we know about the value of the nation's paper money when George Washington became president?

     C.  How was England violating the Treaty of Paris when George Washington become president?


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