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  • A Press Conference With Abraham Lincoln- Abraham Lincoln (teacher) will deliver his First Inaugural Address and then accept questions from the Press (students). This lesson should be used after a study of the Civil War, including the leaders.
  • Are U.S. Presidents Leaders or Figureheads?- Students analyze three presidents. They create a graphic organizer explaining how three influences for each president affected the development of the New Nation.
  1. Be a Good Leader - Students will understand what are expected characteristics of a good leader.
  2. Choosing Presidents- This purpose of this lesson is to help fifth grade students explore the concept of what makes a person a good leader.
  3. Follow the Leader! - Orwell shows how leaders and followers in a society can act in ways that destroy freedom and equality. Students choose a leader and a follower from Animal Farm and write an essay explaining how the behavior of each contributes to the loss of freedom and equality.
  4. Francisco Pizarro - Students will research the accomplishments of Hernen Cortes and the characteristics of effective leaders.
  5. Holding Leaders Responsible- Students will be able to process a variety of information on the Nuremberg Trials, including the charges brought against the defendants. They will then answer short-answer questions on the topics discussed in class.
  6. How Storytellers affect a culture- The students will create a story and select someone to be their skald or perform the story in a group.
  7. Human Rights- During a study of Eleanor Roosevelt, the class examines The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to gain an understanding of the document and to create a list of rights for the classroom.
  8. Independent: To Be or Not Top Be - In this lesson, national symbols of freedom and speech strategies are introduced, tokens are distributed, and the unit diagnostic is administered.
  9. Interviewing Famous Leaders in History- Students research a famous leader and then assume the role of interviewer and responder as they compose a question-and-answer interview with that leader.
  10. Metalling in Around the World- Students learn the important leaders in different cultures by researching coinage. Through this process, they also recognize the cultural universality on coinage and currency.
  11. New Nation- Students have a chance to create and develop their own nations or islands, and make decisions about finance, economy, defense, and even the flags.
  12. Organization of Nations Project- This lesson is a research project that teaches different viewpoints on current world issues. Each student researches a different country, becomes its ambassador and represents its interests in classroom debates with other countries on current issues.
  13. Politics and Leadership - Students will research a selected leader, focusing on the great thinkers who influenced that individual; write an essay exploring the relationship between leaders and great thinkers; and apply this idea to contemporary leaders.
  14. Rejection of the League of Nations- Students will be able to process a variety of information on the reasons for the U.S.'s rejection of the League of Nations. They will be asked to discuss the material, as well as completing a set of questions on the subject.
  15. Take My Word for It- Students take a summative assessment, then begin researching and organizing information for an oral presentation on significant leaders in history.
  16. Was Alexander Truly Great?- Students will be able to process a variety of information on Alexander the Great in order to determine whether he was truly a great leader.