18th Century Influential Leaders Teacher Resources
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Ka'ianaa'ahu'ulu: A Leader of Hawai'i
Students evaluate leadership traits in 18th century Hawai'i and modern times. In this leadership skills lesson, students identify leadership traits and read the story of Ka’iana. Students monitor the leadership activities of a partner and research another leader to compare with Ka’iana.
What Made George Washington a Good Military Leader?
Students list qualities they believe made George Washington an effective military leader. They discuss some difficulties Washington faced as Commander-in-Chief and describe his response to the Newburgh Conspiracy.
Causes of the American Revolution
Students recognize the taxation of the American colonists by the British led to the revolution. They participate in or analyze a performance of an 18th-century song and then discuss its meaning and craft.
A Day at Mount Vernon
Learners discover daily life on George Washington's plantation, Mount Vernon. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, students examine the life styles at four distinct sites at Mount Vernon to become familiar with the people, places, and objects that were part of 18th century life.
The American Revolution: Moving West and South
Middle schoolers examine several letters to the editor from both a local newspaper and national newspapers. After reviewing current letters, they write a letter to the editor of an 18th-century newspaper expressing their opinion about the American Revolution. Letters are exchanged with classmates for peer review before turning in a final draft.
Lesson 4: Leadership in Victory: One Last Measure of the Man
Students examine George Washington's contributions to the United States. In this George Washington lesson, students study the qualities that made Washington a military leader. Students also explore the Newburgh Conspiracy.
Fifth graders investigate what a covenant was and how they relate to contemporary government ideals. In this comparing covenant activity, 5th graders examine primary source documents that are examples of covenants from 18th century New England. They read and make concept webs of the covenants before writing an original covenant.
Hammurabi's Code: What Does It Tell Us About Old Babylonia?
Students examine life in Babylonia during the time of King Hammurabi. They read and discuss excerpts of the Code of Hammurabi, participate in a simulation of advisors to the king, complete an online interactive activity, answer discussion questions, and write a five-paragraph essay.
George Washingon: A Responsible Family Man?
Young researchers travel back in time, using research to identify George Washington's skills as a national leader and family man. Pick and choose from these steps to get a solid outline for a lesson on primary sources and research. Scholars use the library and online resources to form an opinion about Washington, after which they write a letter to the editor explaining why he would make a good father. Consider allowing them to form the opposite opinion, too! Research links included.
"We, the People": New Voices in the Constitutional Debates
Learners study the goals set out for the Constitution. They examine the resolutions arrived at to resolve three major conflicts which arose during the writing of the Constitution. They discuss or write down a one-sentence summary of what goals the Preamble sets out for the Constitution.
How Did Slavery Impact Our Nation?
Fifth graders closely examine the effects of slavery on American society giving special emphasis to the issue of social injustice, the life of Harriet Tubman, the underground railroad and the achievements of Abraham Lincoln during this month long unit. Students conduct research, write fictional accounts of historical events, recreate an underground railroad at their school and participate in role playing activities.
Students discuss how each leader was influenced by people close to him. They view a video "Troubled Leadership." Students discuss the two rulers featured: the Egyptian King Tutankhamen and the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman. They discuss people who were close to each leader. Students write an essay describing the role that one person played in the life and rule of either Tutankhamen or Suleiman.
Leadership of the Revolution
Fourth graders use primary sources to research information on Revolutionary War Leaders. In this Revolutionary War lesson, 4th graders work in groups find the content each leader influenced and explained details about home life. Students compare and contrast three leaders in a triple Venn.
The Contributions of Female Explorers
Think of a few of the great explorers in world history...are you thinking of any women? Chances are, probably not, and this will most likely be the case for many of your class members. But in many ways, female explorers may exemplify greater strength and passion than most explorers we commonly think of, as they challenged incredible social criticism and restrictions in order to pursue their adventurous spirit. Learn more about three women in particular--Marianne North, Mary Kingsley and Alexandra David-Neél--and how as a result of privilege, endurance, and not taking "no" for an answer, they made incredible contributions to the scientific and artistic community.
The British Origins of Industrialism
Tenth graders brainstorm the Industrial Revolution and how it changed the lives of people. They describe rural life in preindustrial Britain. They identify the factors that allowed Britian to become the first industrialized nations.
African-American Art and the Political Dissent during the Harlem Renaissance
Students are introduced to the culture of African American art. Using the internet, they research the events surrounding the Harlem Renaissance and discover how it produced a wide variety of art and literature. To end the lesson, by analyzing different pieces of artwork by various artists to identify the political statement in the art.
The American Revolution: Causes
Students investigate taxation of the American colonist by the British which led to the revolution. For this American Revolution lesson, students analyze a poem called Revolution Tea, and then work in small groups to present an oral interpretation of the poem.
Machiavelli's The Prince
Students compare and contrast their concepts of leadership with Machiavelli's, as outlines in The Prince. In this literature lesson, students identify positions that call for leadership and brainstorm qualities necessary for such a role. Students then create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast Machiavelli's idea of a leader with their own.
Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider
Pupils watch a video of "Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider," complete a vocabulary list and discuss the video using the questions that are provided.
Hammurabi's Code: What Does It Tell Us About Old Babylonia?
High schoolers examine Hammurabi's Code. They take on the role of his council of advisors and report their "advice" to the king. They write an essay discussing an aspect of daily life that the Code exemplifies.