Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.6a - Washington and Madison

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by

a)  explaining why George Washington is called the “Father of Our Country” and James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution."

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


A government is the system of people, laws, and officials that define and control the country or political division (i.e., state, city, county) that you live in. 

One person can make a difference in events and the lives of other people.

Leadership is an important and necessary part of government.

There are many different kinds of leaders.


The actions and ideas of some Virginians formed the basis for the new constitutional government of the United States.

Why is George Washington referred to as the “Father of Our Country?”

Why is James Madison referred to as the “Father of the Constitution?”


Identify and interpret artifacts and primary and secondary source documents to understand events in history. (VS.1a)

Compare and contrast historical events. (VS.1c)

Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (VS.1g)

George Washington, a Virginian, was elected as the first president of the United States of America. He provided the strong leadership needed to help the young country and provided a model of leadership for future presidents. Thus, he is often called the “Father of Our Country.”

James Madison, a Virginian, believed in the importance of having a United States constitution. He kept detailed notes during the Constitutional Convention. His skills at compromise helped the delegates reach agreement during the difficult process of writing the Constitution of the United States of America. This earned him the title “Father of the Constitution.”


Updated: Apr 29, 2016