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The "Burden" of Leadership

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School Social Studies, Language Arts, Leadership, JROTC

LESSON TIME:
One Class Session


OBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • explain and identify character traits and leadership styles that are effective in leading groups and/or individuals in various situations and experiences in life


Medal of Honor Focus:
Paul Bucha, U.S. Army, Vietnam War and Jay Vargas, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam War


Introductory Activity:
Students spend three to five minutes writing about someone who they look up to and think is a strong leader. This could be anyone they know personally or anywhere in life. Students discuss with the person next to them, and then the teacher asks for a few responses to be shared with the class.


Small Group Activity:

  • Teacher hands out worksheet and asks the students to read over the first section, questions 1-3, and be prepared to locate certain information as they watch the video on Paul Bucha. Watch video.
  • Students answer questions 1-3, and teacher assists if students need help recalling or clarifying video segments or information.
  • Students discuss in small groups what they wrote and why. Teacher calls on select groups to share out.
  • Teacher asks students to read over questions 4-6 and be prepared to locate or jot down certain information. Watch video on Jay Vargas.
  • Students answer questions 4-6, and teacher assists if students need help recalling or clarifying video segments or information.
  • Students discuss in small groups what they wrote and why. Teacher calls on select groups to share out.


Whole Group Activity:
Teacher and students move to page two of the worksheet. Teacher explains Venn diagram and ensures that students are aware of directions. Students complete the worksheet, working in pairs if necessary.

Teacher asks students to come forward and fill out Venn diagram drawn on front board and leads discussion as students do. Class can debate or clarify as needed.


Concluding Activity:
Students reflect on their own lives and answer the last question about leadership and what situations they may have been in and what was good or bad about that experience.


Assessment:
Worksheets


Resources:
Jay Vargas and Paul Bucha Living History videos, worksheets

Living History Video

Living History Video

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