Graphic Organizer

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will identify current leaders of their school, city, state, and nation.
  • Students will identify important leaders of the past.

Vocabulary and Definitions:

current: having to do with the present time

Think Deeply:

There are other kinds of leaders in communities besides elected ones.

Who are some other people who lead community groups that help citizens and keep them safe?

Lesson Plan:

  1. Show the students a picture of George Washington. Pose the following questions to gather students’ responses:
    1. Who is in this picture?
    2. Why was this person important to American history?
  2. On the board, make four columns. Label the first column “National,” the second “State,” the third “Local or City,” and the fourth “School.” Write Washington’s name or hang his picture in the “National” column.
  3. Show the students a picture of Abraham Lincoln. Then, ask the students:
    1. Who is in this picture?
    2. Why was this person important to American history?
    3. What do Washington and Lincoln have in common?
  4. Write Lincoln’s name or put his picture in the “National” column.
  5. Show the students a picture of the current president. As before, ask the students:
    1. Who is in this picture?
    2. Why is this person important to American history?
    3. What does this person have in common with Washington and Lincoln?
  6. Show the students the image of all the past U.S. presidents. Tell them that these people have all been leaders of the United States. Point to their pictures one at a time say their names, and ask the students to repeat the names after you. Write “U.S. Presidents” or place the picture in the “National” column.
  7. Using the graphic organizer, invite students to read the articles about elections and the government.
  8. Show the students a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. Then, ask the students to identify him. Explain that he wasn’t a president, but he was a very important leader in America.
    1. What did this man do as an American leader? If necessary, explain that he led many people as they worked together to make sure that everyone in America had equal rights and opportunities. Write King’s name or place his picture in the “National” column.
  9. Show the students a picture of Sandra Day O’Connor. Ask them to guess what her job was based on what she is wearing in the picture. Then, tell the students that she was the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She helped judge whether laws that were passed by Congress following the rules outlined in the Constitution. She was a great leader who helped women get more opportunities in America. Show the students a picture of the current Supreme Court. Then write “Sandra Day O’Connor” and “Supreme Court” or place the pictures in the “National” column.
  10. Find pictures of your city mayor and your state governor. Identify the figures, and explain their responsibilities to the students. Write their names or put their pictures in the appropriate columns.
  11. Ask the students what other leaders they can think of in their own lives and in the school.
  12. Arrange for the school principal to come to your classroom and spend a few minutes talking to the students about their roles and responsibilities. Allow the students to ask them questions after they share.
  13. If possible, arrange for the mayor or a city councilmember to meet and talk to the students about their role and responsibilities.
Weekly Assessment: Choose a leader, and write them a thank-you card. Make sure that you write about what they do as a leader or draw a picture of them labeled with their name and their area of leadership.

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Mike Pence

Joe Biden

Kamala Harris

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Martin Luther King Jr.

Sandra Day O’Connor

Supreme Court

Presidents of the United States

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