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Title of Unit: The Political Process Title of Lesson: What Makes a Leader?

Submitted By: Breanna Cape

A. Summary of the Lesson Plan: This Civics lesson plan is designed for 5th grade students to learn about the qualities of leader. This lesson uses resources from the Internet. B. Target Population: Grade Level: 5th Grade Skill Level: Students at all learning levels. Grouping: Whole class discussion, partners for activity and individual assessment. C. Materials: Pencils Paper Books about famous leaders Graphic Organizer Pictures of famous leaders (Martin Luther King, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln) Library books on leaders D. Objectives: o NV State Social Studies Standards o C15.5.1- Explain the qualities of a leadership Student-Friendly Standards Students will be able to explain the qualities that make a leader.

E. Procedure: 1. Engage- First I will show the students pictures of famous political leaders like Martin Luther King, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. Then without saying anything we will discuss what these people have in common. Then we would go into a guided discussion about leaders and qualities that make a leader. We will list the characteristics of a leader on the board. 2. Next I will divide the class into partners. They will choose a famous leader to do a project on. They will use their graphic organizer to help them keep track of their information. They will be able to use previously checked out library books and the Internet to research the leaders they chose. 3. After the students have gathered their research they will write a one-page paper about the leader they choose. Their paper must include: why they are a great leader, their background and what he or she is famous for. 4. Next the students will share/present their research papers with the class. After presenting we will have a class discussion about the different leaders we learned about.

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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Title of Unit: The Political Process Title of Lesson: What Makes a Leader? Submitted By: Breanna Cape

5. CLOSURE: In closing I will have the students clean up all the supplies and remind them that leaders come in all shapes and forms. The might not be famous but they too can possess that characteristics that make a leader. F. Assessment: What will you use to measure student understanding? I will use the research papers to assess the students understanding. Explain how you will know students understand the concepts from the lesson. I will know whether the students understand the concepts of this lesson by paying close attention to their answers during partner work and whole class discussion. I will also assess their understanding by grading their research papers. G. Reflection: 1. Which part of the lesson do you think will be the easiest for you to teach? I think the easiest part to teach will be the characteristics of a leader. 2. Which part will be most challenging for you to teach? I think the most challenging part will be teaching the students how to research the leader they choose. 3. How will you follow up or extend this lesson? I will extend this lesson by assigning the students a leadership activity in which they do something kind for someone else without getting any reward for doing it. They will then have to write a 3-5-paragraph essay about the activity. 4. What will you do for students who dont grasp the concepts? If students do not grasp the concepts I will send homework home in which they research leaders by using the Internet, books and ask their parents/guardians. 5. Which part of the lesson, if any, do you think might need to change? I may need to break this lesson up into two days instead of one. 6. When you were writing this lesson plan, what was the most difficult part? The most difficult part of writing this lesson was figuring out an age appropriate leadership lesson. Resources: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=1473

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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Title of Unit: The Political Process Title of Lesson: What Makes a Leader? Submitted By: Breanna Cape

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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