Students watch a video about Herbert Hoover, an Iowa native and the 31st President of the United States. They learn concepts related to leadership, and complete a graphic organizer listing the strengths and weaknesses of a leader, using Herbert Hoover as an example.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Iowa | Unit 7: Twentieth Century Iowa." In this unit, students will examine how major events of the 20th century impacted the people of Iowa.
CG.SS.4.8: Evaluate how core civic virtues and democratic principles have guided or do guide governments, societies, and/or communities. (21st century skills)
H.SS.5.24: Explain probable causes and effects of historical developments.
- Video: Herbert Hoover | 60 Second Presidents
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of An Iowan President graphic organizer
- Distribute An Iowan President graphic organizer to students.
- Tell students they are going to be watching a video that discusses the strengths and weaknesses of a former president of the US, Herbert Hoover. Hoover was from Iowa. They should take notes listing the strengths and weaknesses in the appropriate column on the handout. Explain that these strengths and weaknesses apply to leadership in general.
- Play the video, Herbert Hoover | 60 Second Presidents. [1:22]
- Allow a few minutes for students to complete the handout. It may be useful to replay the video as well.
- Have students share their answers with the rest of the class.
- Ask students, “How do you think Hoover’s strengths and weaknesses influenced historical developments during his Presidency? Which of today’s political issues compare to the issues Hoover faced while in office? How do you think Hoover’s strengths could be used for today’s challenges?”
- Strengths: great organizer of businesses, food aid and economic issues, an amazing philanthropist
- Weaknesses: believed social problems could be fixed scientifically, did not believe the federal government should fix those social problems, resisted a federal response to the Great Depression until it had done significant damage