George Washington's Teeth
Subject/Sub-Subject: Language Arts/Other
Title: George Washington's Teeth
Student's learn about George Washington's teeth through the book George Washington's Teeth and are introduced to primary sources.
Students learn about George Washington's teeth through the book and are introduced to primary sources.Investigative Question
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George Washington's Teeth
Students learn about George Washington's teeth through the book and are introduced to primary sources.
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Analysis of Student Learning
Students were able to view George Washington's handwriting through his letters. Students more readily understood that Washington was a person and not just an American icon. Students recognized the prints we previewed as prints hanging in the classroom during President's week. Students realized that some illustrations in the book were based on original portraits.
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Reflections and Recommendations
I would either have more copies of the prints on hand to pass around for students to study or use a data projector to enlarge the item. Print/show more portraits relevant to the time period, not just the ones of George Washington in order to have a broader conversation about life in Colonial American. After reading the book associated with the lesson, have students look again at the preview items and see if they have any changed perceptions about what is portrayed.
Authors and Contributors
- Diane Mazziotti
- Arlington Traditional Elementary School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia
Library of Congress Items
Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.
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|Leutze, E. c1907. Washington crossing the Delaware. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-Detroit Publishing Company Collection.|
|Brueckner, H. 1866. The Prayer at Valley Forge / painted by H. Brueckner ; engd. by John C. McRae. Library of Congress: American Memory, By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present.|
|Stuart, Gilbert (c1900-1920). George Washington, head-and-shoulders portrait. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-Detroit Publishing Company Collection.|
|Unknown. 1828?. George Washington, first president of the United States. Library of Congress: American Memory, By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present.|
|Chicago Daily News, Inc. 1926. [Book plate print depicting George Washington, sitting in saddle on a horse and holding a sword]. Library of Congress: American Memory, Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933.|