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Dr. Craik, George Washington's Doctor

Video Overview
Dr. Craik discusses George Washington's bravery, leadership and ingenuity. General Washington used the science of medicine to help win the Revolutionary War. Learn more by watching this video! Special thanks to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens for their assistance with this video. Visit for more information. >
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Title: What Makes a Good or Bad Leader?
Description: After deciding on the criteria of a good leader, students research either a good or bad leader, create a class presentation of that person which focuses on his/her impact on history. Students then write and perform a three to four minute skit to illustrate the leader's impact on American life.

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Last Updated January 2, 2013

Alabama Course of Study
Alabama Social Studies

Grade 5
7.) Identify events leading to the American Revolution, including the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.
8b.) Explain the role of key leaders in the American Revolution, including George Washington.
8c.) Explain the contributions of ordinary citizens, including African Americans and women, to the American Revolution.

Grade 10
3.) Trace the chronology of events leading to the American Revolution, including the French and Indian War, passage of the  Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, passage of the Intolerable Acts, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the publication of Common Sense, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

 3a.)  Explain the role of key revolutionary leaders, including George Washington...
3d.)   Comparing perspectives of differing groups in society and their roles in the American Revolution, including men, women, white settlers, free and enslaved African Americans and American Indians.
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
U. S. History
Grades 5-12
  • Understands the causes of the American Revolution, the ideas and interests involved in forging the revolutionary movement, and the reasons for the American victory
  • Understands the impact of the American Revolution on politics, economy, and society
7.) ERA 7: AN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS, 1750-1914
The student in grades 5-12 should understand
  • the causes and consequences of political revolutions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • major global trends from 1750 to 1914.

Character Education
Grades K-12
1.) Courage

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