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George Washington Plants A Nation with Peggy Thomas

from Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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What does farming have to do with the American Revolution? In this program author Peggy Thomas will show how George Washington’s love of farming influenced his vision for a new nation. We’ll discuss the problems leading up to the revolution, how they affected George and other colonists, and how mules, manure, and seed experiments helped make the United States the “granary for the world.”

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By Request: $300.00
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45-60 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons

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There is now maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 40 students.

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Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb, Heather Montgomery, Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy, Steve Swinburne , Peggy Thomas, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

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Students brainstorm all the things they know about George Washington.

With a slide show, the author will introduce how she discovered a different side of the famous man – his penchant for farming, his love of trees, and experiments with compost – and how she turned these facts into a biography.

We’ll discuss what it means to be self-sufficient, and how Washington’s efforts at Mount Vernon mirrored his struggle to create a free nation. This conversation will touch on traditional life on a plantation, British taxation, Washington’s views of slavery, etc.

The program will end with student's questions and comments.


Students will discover a different side of Washington and connect with a real person rather than an iconic dollar-bill image.

Students will understand how Washington’s efforts to make Mount Vernon self-sufficient mirrored his struggle to create a free nation.

Students will see what life was like on a colonial tobacco plantation under heavy British taxation.

Students will learn techniques for writing a biography, especially of someone as famous as George Washington

Students will participate in a discussion about Washington’s view of slavery – was he right to hold his tongue and put colonial interests ahead of a peoples’ freedom.

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