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Fundamentals Lesson 11: How Can I Be a Leader? Leadership Committees Part 2

Beginning of Class Routine

Setting the Stage: Play culturally relevant instrumental music as the students enter class.

Lead the students in a midline crossing activity. Use Educational Kinesiology document to find useful resources.

45-50 minute lesson


Students will:

  • learn about leadership styles
  • build understanding of personal and collective agency (Self-management)
  • choose committee leaders and individual leadership committee meetings.
  • develop understanding of how social interdependence affects trust (Self-Awareness)
  • recognize opportunities and demands that exist in current setting (Social Awareness)
  • continue developing effective communication skills (Relationship Skills)
  • co-create a sense of belonging and thriving (Responsible Decision-Making)
21st Century Competencies Skills for Learning & Life
Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, social skills, leadership, productivity, initiative, flexibility Social Awareness, Self-Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Management


Building The LIA Classroom Community (10-15 minutes)
Go over the objectives of this lesson.

Community Building Activity:

Overview (5 min): 

  • Welcome students in a Community Circle/ Class Meetings activity (collaborative process) – see Skills for Learning and Life Signature Practices Playbook (optional) and Introduction to Welcoming Rituals (Bright Ideas)
  • Before students arrive, write directions on the board or screen. As they arrive, greet them warmly at the door by preferred name and correct pronunciation. Point them toward the posted Welcoming Activity.
  • Use a pairing activity to group students intentionally ensuring that English dominant students are paired with ELs. 
  • Welcome! In the next five minutes:
    • THINK ABOUT a leader in your family, community, or the world, who you admire. What qualities does that leader (show?) (demonstrate?)
    • CHAT with at least two other people and share your thinking about the leader and their admirable qualities.
    • PREPARE to share with the whole group.
  • Chart their responses on the board, looking for similarities and differences. 
  • Ask students to reflect on the leadership qualities that they would like to develop for themselves. Share with a partner.
  • When the time is up use an attention signal to bring the group to quiet focused attention. Invite volunteers to share their own thinking (not their partner’s—although they may want to encourage their partner to share!).  


Initiate a brief discussion using the questions below.

What? What were your thoughts and feelings as you participated in this activity? (Self-Awareness)

So What? Why do you think it’s important to explore characteristics of a leader?

Now What? What will you do with what you learned about leadership today? (Responsible Decision Making)

Virtual Adaptation: Use breakout rooms for partner/trio conversations. NOTE: This takes away the important element of open choice of partners.

Activities to foster student engagement. (click link for resource)


Engagement Activity:

Watch  Video Leadership Styles (2 min).

Ask students to think about the following questions:

  • Which leadership style do you think is the most effective?
  • Do any of them come across as condescending, why or why not?
  • What leadership style would you respond best to?
  • How does being a member of LIA place you in leadership positions in the school and community?

Leadership Training

 Watch the video “Leadership Training”. Briefly review the LIA Leadership Committees.

LIA Activity Proposal form

Explain that committee leaders should prepare an agenda for each meeting and use the information and meeting time to create an LIA Activity Proposal Form for each activity.

Guide students through the LIA Activity Proposal Form Teacher Model

Leadership Election

  • Review the requirements for elected leadership.
  • Review your chosen class election process and, if needed, LIA Leadership Selection Guidelines.
  • Explain to students that Leadership selection and committee placement will take place during the next class period.
  • Announce the leaders and committee members.
  • As each class election process is different, the time needed may vary. Adjust the lesson accordingly.

Guided Practice

  • Divide students into groups.
  • Refer back to the brainstorm activity from F.10 (possible class activities/events). Students will choose one activity/event and work together to practice filling out the activity proposal form.
  • Give each group  HO LIA Activity Proposal Form to fill out when they are ready.
  • Hand out the leadership application to those that wish to be considered for a leadership position. Hand out a committee preference form to all LIA students (those that are seeking election need to fill one out too).
  • Invite students to begin filling out the forms. 



Hand out Leadership Styles Frayer Model. Assign a leadership style to each student or to each group of students. 


Exit Ticket

Journal Entry Suggestions

  • Tell me what leadership qualities you possess. Give me examples from your life when these qualities have been useful.


Differentiation Ideas

  • Strategy Grouping–Partner high skilled students with students with mid-level skills and/or partner mid-level skilled students with students with lower skills. 
  • New committees and new LIA students may need more support in running a committee meeting. Teacher should sit in and guide the meeting as needed.


  • How are leaders elected or come to power in different nations?
  • Watch Video America’s president (3.5 min)
  • Read Weblink President of Mexico
  • Ask the students the following questions:
    • How do the election processes differ in these countries?
    • How are they similar?
    • Which election process do you feel is the best? Why?
  • Have the students use the computer lab and research additional leadership styles (e.g., Goleman’s 6 leadership styles).