Incorporating Leadership Into My Own Life

9, 10, 11, 12

To enable the student to identify characteristics of philanthropic leadership and apply it to his or her own life.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne 50 Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • identify common threads of leadership and character by re-examining the lives of those individuals studied throughout the year looking for patterns and common threads.
  • write a statement of the values and components of leadership they want to base their own lives upon.

Recap of previous lessons in the unit.


Same as previous lessons.


  1. Anticipatory Set: A list of the names of all people and concepts discussed in the leadership unit will be put on the board. Volunteers write a one-sentence description next to the name of the person or concept to remind the rest of the class who they were and what contribution they made in taking private action for the common good.

  2. Students will be working in pairs to review the lives of the people from the various periods to focus on pivotal events, social contributions and personal qualities that contributed to their greatness.

  3. Each pair of students will present their ideas visually via a poster, and orally to the rest of the class.

  4. Students will then write a one-page manifesto describing those values that form a basis for their own lives and their own plans for making a contribution to their society.


Essay graded on the standards set in a common rubric for writing.

Cross Curriculum 

The students will demonstrate their understanding of private action for public good by developing an interview on a common community theme and interviewing various senior citizens about that theme. The oral histories will then be donated to the local museum.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark HS.4 Describe and give examples of characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Utilize the persuasive power of written or oral communication as an instrument of change in the community, nation or the world.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.