Consider two definitions of the term “leader.” Students read the biographies of three prominent Idahoans to explore different ways of exemplifying leadership.
This lesson is part of Great States: Idaho | Unit 10: Famous People of Idaho which reflects the rich and diverse history of the state. This culminating unit will enable students to understand how all people, including notable figures, are influenced by the environment in which they live and work.
Boise District 413.44: Identify significant Idaho leaders and their contributions.
- Teacher Prompt: Leader Definitions
- A smart board, projector, or other type of screen to show prompts to class
- Class set of Famous Idahoans’ Biographies printout
- Class set of Idaho Leaders graphic organizer
- From the teacher prompt, show students the following standard definition of the term “leader”: person who leads or commands a group, organization, or political unit (such as a city, state or country). Ask students to share examples of people in their community who fit this description.
- Then, show this broader definition of “leader”: person who holds a dominant or superior position within a field and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others. Indicate that students will be learning about three of Idaho’s outstanding leaders.
- Distribute the Famous Idahoans’ Biographies printout, which is about three Idaho leaders: Philo Farnsworth, Gutzon Borglum, and Picabo Street. Asign each student one of the biographies to read. (If time allows, you may want each student to read all three biographies.) As they read, they should fill in the graphic organizer indicating how this Idaho native fits the definition of leader.
- Have students share information in either small groups or as a whole class. Conclude the lesson by asking them to discuss which of these three Idahoans best fits the definition of leadership.