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Individual Leadership

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Middle and High School History, Language Arts

Students will:
• Define leadership.
• Identify leadership traits.
• Analyze behavior for leadership traits.

Medal of Honor Focus: Hershel Williams, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division / World War II

Introductory Activity:
Students will answer the following journal prompt: "What is leadership? List some people who
demonstrate leadership and provide evidence to support your answer."

Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will lead a whole class discussion based on journal responses. The students will
then view the vignette about Hershel Williams.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will analyze the behavior of Hershel Williams and describe the leadership traits
he demonstrated.

Whole Group Activity:
Students will compare and contrast the leadership traits discussed in their journal to Hershel
Williams’ leadership traits.

Concluding Activity:
Students will list three leadership traits they feel they have or would like to have in the future and
write an essay explaining why these traits are important to their future success.

Discussion, note card


Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. NY: Artisan, 2006.

Extended Activity:
Students will read the newspaper to identify people who display leadership traits. Students will select
an individual to research further and prepare a brief report on their findings.

In Their Own Words - Hershel Williams