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Computer with Internet access for teacher
Computers with Internet access for students (if you are teaching this lesson using online versions of materials)
Follow the instructions below before starting this lesson.
If teaching this lesson using print materials, make the appropriate number of copies of all student materials. (Quantities listed below.) If running the gallery walk activity on Day One as a physical gallery walk, make one copy of Stations 1–5 and arrange the classroom so that there are five “stations” placed as far apart as possible in the classroom. Place one Station description at each station.
Set up and test computer, projector, speakers, and the videos (available online) before starting the lesson. Confirm that you are able to play and project the video with adequate audio volume.
If you are teaching this lesson using online versions of materials, ensure that computers are available for in-class student use.
Students explore the meaning of leadership and attempt to characterize it by reflecting on personal experiences of effective leadership. They then learn about five theories of leadership, assess the strengths and weaknesses of each, and consider the extent to which these theories resonate with their own experiences.
Students review the five theories of leadership as a group and then reflect on them together.
Students turn their attention to practical, contextual leadership. They watch short videos of U.S. Presidents, members of Congress, and fellow students reflecting on the real-world practice of leadership in different contexts. Finally, students consider the leadership characteristics they would like to embody and how best to foster those characteristics within themselves and others.
Use these extension activities to extend the lesson and reinforce understanding.