Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership

Learners read a short excerpt from a speech by Sam Houston and answer corresponding questions as well as engage in additional activities, including writing a persuasive essay and discussing topics in small groups. The resource helps lay a foundation for understanding what qualities make an effective leader and how Sam Houston accomplished so much during his lifetime.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Instead of meeting in small groups after writing their essays, have learners engage in a class debate 
  • Extend learning by showing a biopic on Sam Houston's life
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires very little prep work other than ensuring each class member gains access to the resource digitally or through print
Pros

  • Uses visual aids, such as maps and paintings to further enhance the meaning behind concepts 
  • Asks questions in the exercises that encourage critical thinking rather than rote memorization
  • Gives scholars the opportunity to form and express their own opinions, making learning more meaningful
Cons

  • None