Follow the Leader

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Human Services

    Course : Family and Community Services

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (2) The student demonstrates organizational and leadership skills using a community service environment. The student is expected to:
      • (B) evaluate personal leadership characteristics
      • (C) develop a plan for positively enhancing personal leadership characteristics
      • (D) demonstrate positive interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution, negotiation, teamwork and leadership
      • (E) evaluate and identify effective strategies and skills necessary to establish a collaborative relationship with others in community service settings
      • (F) plan and deliver focused and coherent presentations that convey clear and distinct perspective and demonstrate solid reasoning
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • identify characteristics that describe leaders
    • identify personal leadership strengths
    • participate in activities to enhance and improve personal leadership qualities
    • demonstrate an ice-breaker activity
  • Rationale

    Script:

    A leader is a person who leads or commands a group or organization. Service learning activities need leaders to guide the projects and organize the events. Do you have the skills needed to lead? Let’s find out!

  • Duration of Lesson

    Five 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Authoritarian: of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority

    Characteristic: a distinguishing trait, quality, or property

    Compromise: a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute

    Democratic: relating to the idea that all people should be treated equally

    Enhance: to increase or improve

    Laissez-faire: a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action

    Leader: a person who leads

    Motivation: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something

    Teamwork: the work done by people who work together as a team to do something

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow school district guidelines)

    Materials:

    • glue
    • markers
    • scissors

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Read the eHow article to understand how to play the game.

    • How to Play Follow the Leader
      Kids everywhere love to play games, and few kids games are more universal than Follow the Leader. The rules are simple, but no two games are the same. Learn how to play Follow the Leader, and get ready to have fun.
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2074033_play-follow-leader.html


    Chain of Command
    Clear space on a bulletin board or wall and add the letters for the title Chain of Command. This will be used in the Guided Practice section.

    As students walk into your classroom, randomly pick three students to volunteer to be the leader of a game.

    Have the three leaders stand in front of the classroom and instruct the remaining students to stand behind one of the leaders of their choice to form a line.

    Explain to the leaders that they are to lead the group around the room and can run, walk, sing, dance or whatever he/she likes to do. Make sure the room is large enough to accommodate movement. Perhaps begin this lesson outdoors?

    Instruct the rest of the students that they must do what their leader does or they will be out of the game.

    Monitor the game and remove the students who do not follow the leader’s activities.

    The last student from each group standing can be the new leader. The game can be played more than once if time permits.

    Regroup and ask the following lessons:

    • Why did you pick your leader?
    • Did he/she lead you in the right path?
    • Did you do everything exactly like he/she did?
    • Was it difficult to follow him/her?

    Lead the discussion into what makes a good leader.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer Follow the Leader Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during the slide presentation.

    Introduce slide presentation Follow the Leader (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and lead a discussion about leadership.

    View YouTube™ video:

    • What To Look For In Great Leaders: Gary Bertoline at TEDxPurdueU
      What are the personal characteristics that connect great leaders throughout history? Dr. Gary Bertoline has identified the 5 attributes of authentic leadership and teaches us how to identify effective leaders, and even how we can become leaders in our own communities!
      http://youtu.be/7IHQyEC2GRU

    Continue the discussion on what makes a great leader.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Chain of Command bulletin board or wall space.

    Distribute graphic organizer I am a LEADER (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct your students to write ten characteristics that would describe them as leader.

    Students may use a copy of the handout A Leader is ….. (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to assist them in deciding which characteristics best fit them.

    Instruct students to cut the individual strips from the I a am a LEADER handout and glue the ends together making a chain. They will then attach their own chain to their classmates chains forming a long chain. This will signify a bond between them.

    Hang the chain on the Chain of Command bulletin board and remind students that they can all be leaders with different characteristics.

    View the TED Talk video:

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • note-taking assistance
    • frequent feedback

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Leaders lead.

    Now that students have described leadership characteristics, they can now lead a group.

    Divide the class into subgroups of two.

    Instruct your students to search for ice-breaker games that they can lead the class in. They may use websites such as Pinterest™, eHow™ or other available sites.

    Distribute graphic organizer Lead and They Will Follow (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may plan the activity.

    Distribute Rubric for Lead and They Will Follow Presentation (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may understand what is expected.

    Students will present the ice-breaker to the group at the end of the lesson.

    Note: Monitor the groups so that each group has a different ice-breaker to present.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • praise efforts

  • Lesson Closure

    Review terms, definitions and objectives.

    Distribute handout Where You Lead, I Will Follow (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct students to determine their leadership strengths.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will present the ice-breaker activity and will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

    Instruct students to evaluate their ice-breaker activity on their handout Lead and They Will Follow (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accomodations my include, but are not limited to:

    • monitor participation
    • praise efforts

  • References/Resources

    YouTube™:

    • TED Talks: Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
      With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V74AxCqOTvg
    • What To Look For In Great Leaders: Gary Bertoline at TEDxPurdueU
      What are the personal characteristics that connect great leaders throughout history? Dr. Gary Bertoline has identified the 5 attributes of authentic leadership and teaches us how to identify effective leaders, and even how we can become leaders in our own communities!
      http://youtu.be/7IHQyEC2GRU

    Websites:

    • The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences
      A Week of Service Learning
      A Joint Project of Service Learning Texas, Texas FCCLA, and The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences
      http://www.ccfcs.org/aweekofservicelearning/
    • Texas Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
      Texas FCCLA information and programs
      http://www.texasfccla.org
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • word wall
    • allow extra processing time
    • provide graphic organizer to facilitate understanding
    • allow drawings
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Encourage students to read the following articles pertaining to this lesson:

    • How to Become a Leader
      Do you have what it takes to lead a team or organization? Some people say that great leaders are born. However, there are several tips and skills that one can adopt, which can help them develop great leadership qualities.
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2110107_become-a-leader.html

    Reading Strategy
    Encourage students to connect reading and their life experiences or prior knowledge.

  • Quotes

    Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
    -Vince Lombardi

    All good leaders are connectors. They relate well and make people feel confident about themselves and their leader.
    -John C. Maxwell

    If you want to be a great leader, remember to treat all people with respect at all times. For one, because you never know when you’ll need their help. And two, because it’s a sign you respect people, which all great leaders do.
    -Simon Sinek

    Good leaders must first become good servants.
    -Robert Greenleaf

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™

    • Follow the Leader
    • Presentation Notes – Follow the Leader

    Technology:

    • TED Talks:
      • TED Talks: Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
        With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V74AxCqOTvg
      • What To Look For In Great Leaders: Gary Bertoline at TEDxPurdueU
        What are the personal characteristics that connect great leaders throughout history? Dr. Gary Bertoline has identified the 5 attributes of authentic leadership and teaches us how to identify effective leaders, and even how we can become leaders in our own communities!
        http://youtu.be/7IHQyEC2GRU

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Follow the Leader Notes
    • Follow the Leader Notes (Key)
    • I Am a LEADER
    • Lead and They Will Follow

    Handouts:

    • A Leader is ….
    • Rubric for Lead and They Will Follow Presentation
    • Where You Lead, I Will Follow

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • I think ____________ is a positive leader because…………
    • An outstanding leader of our country is _________ because ……
    • Characteristics of a leader include ….
    • Leadership in community service projects can lead to …..
    • If I could be like a famous leader in this country, I would be ….

    Writing Strategy:

    • RAFT Writing Strategy
      • Role – student leader
      • Audience – organization
      • Format – instructions
      • Topic – step-by-step directions for an ice-breaker
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Three things leaders need to accomplish a project are ….
    • To be successful, leaders need …..
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Students may create a Tagxedo – a word cloud with style, using the adjectives from the handout A Leader is …. (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to describe what a leader is.

    • Tagxedo
      Turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning word cloud.
      http://www.tagxedo.com/

    TED Talks:

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    The videos below are related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    • What To Look For In Great Leaders: Gary Bertoline at TEDxPurdueU
      What are the personal characteristics that connect great leaders throughout history? Dr. Gary Bertoline has identified the 5 attributes of authentic leadership and teaches us how to identify effective leaders, and even how we can become leaders in our own communities!
      http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/What-To-Look-For-In-Great-Leader
  • Family/Community Connection

    Students may be encouraged to volunteer to lead a community event in their city to benefit a favorite charity.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    http://www.texasfccla.org

    • STAR Events
      • Leadership
        An individual event, that recognizes participants who actively evaluate and grow in their leadership potential. Participants use the Student Leadership Challenge and supporting materials, to investigate their leadership ability and develop a mentorship relationship to further their leadership development. Participants must prepare a portfolio and an oral presentation.
  • Service Learning Projects

    True service learning is developed with student voice about concerns and needs. As the students are learning and researching this topic, ask them to think about ways they can maximize their learning to benefit others.
    For more information, visit:
    www.ysa.org

    Brainstorm with your students for a service project pertaining to this lesson.

    Example:

    • plan and organize a fundraising event for a local charity

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