James Stephen Hogg

6, 7, 8

Students examine the life of Mr. James Stephen Hogg through the lens of responsibility (dependability and completing tasks).

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The student will:

  • read text on James Stephen Hogg.
  • identify Hogg's sense of responsibility by examining his actions.
  • interpret his values based upon his actions.
  • Learner copies of Handout One: Mr. James Stephen Hogg


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the students if they have heard of James Stephen Hogg. Say, "Mr. Hogg was an important leader in Texas because he worked to promote justice and fairness for the common people of Texas. After a difficult childhood, Mr. Hogg spent his life showing responsibility for his people. He was both dependable and followed tasks to completion."

  2. Give each learner a copy of Handout One: Mr. James Stephen Hogg. Allow 6 minutes for students to read the short biography and highlight examples of dependability and following tasks to completion. Have them answer the questions at the bottom of the page.

  3. Have the students pair up to share their answers. Allow 5 minutes.

  4. In a whole-class discussion, talk about what values (beliefs that are emotionally based) Mr. Hogg held. Have the students point out text that supports their answers. Allow 3 minutes. 

  5. Discuss the following questions: How did those values influence his sense of civic responsibility [a sense of responsibility toward the community]? What connections do you see between values and responsibility?

  6. Ask the students how Mr. Hogg is still influencing us today.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.10 Identify reasons why historic figures acted for the common good.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.