A look at the virtue of Self-Governance through the life of George Washington. Self-Governance is defined as being self-controlled, avoiding extremes, and to not be excessively influenced or controlled by others. This lesson explores how George Washington’s self-governance influenced the early republic and how it influences what we value in both citizens and leaders.
Close-Reading Washington in Houdon’s Art
Close-Reading Washington in Trumbull’s Art
Self-Governance: George Washington and Self-Governance – Essay
Discussion Guide
Virtue in Action
Critical Thinking Questions
Virtue in Action: Individual Activities
Self-Governance Worksheet
Implementation Guide
Defining Civic Virtue
What Is Virtue? – Historical and Philosophical Context
What Is Virtue? – Defining the Term
Clarifying Civic Virtue
Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues
Teacher’s Notes for Launching Heroes & Villains
Heroes & Villains Curricular Planning Primary Source Activity: Benjamin Franklin and Civic Virtue
Answer Key
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