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Leadership Qualities/Introduction to Macbeth

Last Updated: Sep-02-2010

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Developed By

  Dayna Polehanki

Lesson Title

  Leadership Qualities/Introduction to Macbeth

Length of Lesson

  Two 48 minute class periods

Lesson Unit







  Literature and Culture

Grade 2


Subject 2


Strand 2

  Reading, Listening, and Viewing

Michigan Content Expectations

  3.1.4; 3.1.8; 3.2.4; 3.2.5; 2.1.1; 2.1.7; 2.1.11


  Leadership; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Billie Jean King; Albert Einstein; Mother Teresa; Harvey Firestone; Nelson Mandela; Eleanor Roosevelt; Winston Churchill; Clara Barton; Mahatma Gandhi; Henry Ford; Muhammad Ali; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Michael Jord



Turning Point software


Poster-sized Post-It and Markers

Internet and Youtube video clip Great Leaders of our Time   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zjbRxtjXN0 (5 min.)

Handout with quotes from video clip

Projector hooked to computer

"Macbeth" text and audio reenactment

Photo Story 3 software







Using the lens of leadership skills, English Language Arts 12 students will develop a world perspective by analyzing classic and contemporary texts in a variety of genre . . . .  Twelfth graders will synthesize information, ideas, and themes to understand the past, the present, and to think innovatively about the future. They will identify and apply their own leadership skills and prepare for responsible action as American citizens in the context of a global world.

-Michigan Merit Curriculum


Big Idea(s)


12th Grade Disposition: Leadership Qualities

  • Learning from leaders in history and literature
  • Exploring the desirable/undesireable qualities of an American President
  • Identifying the traits of desirable and undesirable leaders



Essential Questions


What are the qualities of a good leader?

What do historical and literary figures have to teach me about good leadership?

What definition of good leadership do I want to carry with me beyond high school?





Learning Objectives


Students will begin to define the qualities of a good leader.

Students will gain exposure to an eclectic sample of great modern leaders.

Students will analyze and discuss how the words of great modern leaders embody qualities of good leadership.







Summative Assessment


To be used after students have read "Macbeth."

Create a digital story about "Leadership" that includes the following:

  • An introduction that introduces the topic of leadership in a broad context.
  • A figure from history or literature who embodies the qualities of a good leader.
  • A character from Macbeth who demonstrates desirable or undesirable leadership qualities.
  • A candidate for President who best exemplifies a good leader.
  • An ending that summarizes the qualities of a good leader.

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Lesson Opening


Students should take 2-3 minutes to get with their classroom partner to brainstorm as many positive leadership qualities as possible. 

Each pair will write down their one top quality.

Students will share their top quality in a  "word splash," which the teacher will write on the board.

The teacher should plug these attributes into a Turning Point (clickers) Power Point.

Students should use Turning Point clickers to vote on which attribute they find most desirable in a leader.

Using the percentages generated from the clicker activity, students should rank the qualities in order from most to least votes.

Under the title "Top Leadership Qualities" the teacher should write them on a large sticky poster board to display in the room.





Lesson Opening Co-teaching Plan


Co-teacher will write word splash words on the board as teacher plugs them into the Turning Point Power Point.

Co-teacher should write the attributes in order of preference on a large sticky poster board.



  1. Distribute handout with quote from each leader in the video (with room to take notes)
  2. Students watch Youtube video, "Great Leaders of Our Time"
  3. Each student will select three leaders' quotes that they believe best define a desirable leader and in a Quick Write briefly state their reasoning.
  4. Each student selects one leader/quote to discuss with their peers.
  5. Students will meet in small groups (by leader/quote) to discuss why the quote defines a quality of desirable leadership.
  6. Teacher will play video again, stopping at each leader/quote, and a spokesperson from each group will relay the group's consensus on how the quote reflects desirable leadership.


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Exploration Co-teaching Plan


Co-Teacher can distribute handouts, cue up the youtube video clip, and circulate around the room, observing and listening to the conversations generated by each group and answering any questions they may have.


Check for Understanding


Teacher can circulate and read Quick Writes and/or listen to small group discussions to determine students' understanding of the big ideas.


Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan


Co-Teacher can circulate and read Quick Writes and/or listen to small group discussions to determine students' understanding of the big ideas.




Lesson includes the following learning strategies:

  • Word splash to brainstorm qualities of desirable leader
  • Quick Write to reflect, clarify, and solidify thoughts
  • Small alike-group discussion (consensus building)
  • Thinking at the synthesis level regarding how quote reflects desirable leadership
  • Use of clickers to survey class on leadership qualities



Check for Understanding (2)


Students' small group presentations from the exploration activity will allow teacher to determine whether or not students have a grasp of the qualities of a desirable leader.


Check for Understanding Co-teaching Plan (2)


Students' small group presentations from the exploration activity will allow teacher to determine whether or not students have a grasp of the qualities of a desirable leader.


Extended Practice


If they so choose, students may research one of the leaders from the video for their summative assessment digital story.




Tell students that they will now read "Macbeth," a Shakespearean tragedy.  Add that through a thorough study of the characters in the play, they will further solidify in their minds exactly what qualities are desirable and undesirable in a leader.  This study will end in an examination of the leadership qualities of John McCain and Barack Obama as they campaign for President of the United States.