Print the George Washington reading
comprehension passage and questions (see
Students should read the story silently,
then answer the questions about the story.
Excerpt from passage
George Washington was the first
president of the United States. He was born in Virginia in 1732 and lived on
the family farm. Although he never went to school, he did study school
subjects from his father and older brother. His favorite subject was Math
and he loved surveying. He also learned to read many books. George wanted to
be a sailor, but his mother didn't want him to work on the sea. Instead,
George went to work as a surveyor for Lord Fairfax to survey the land in the
The French and the English wanted
control of this valley and in 1753, war broke out. This war has been called
the French and Indian War because many of the native people fought against
the English on the side of the French. The war lasted for seven years and
ended in 1761. During this war, Washington was sent to warn the French not
to enter on any more land claimed by Britain. At this time, the country was
still part of Britain and was called the Thirteen Colonies. George kept a
diary of all his troubles on this trip and it was later published as a book.
Some of these troubles included trying to get troops and being surrounded by
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