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Summer SAVY, Session 3 Day 2, The Road to the White House (5th – 6th)

Posted by on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

Today was full of content! The Road to the White House involves so much learning and understanding!  

Our day 2 daily objectives were: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of democracy and how it is realized in government systems 
  • Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the various qualities of an effective leader 
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of leaders from different government systems 
  • Understand the differences and similarities between the US system of government and the British system. 
  • Identify and understand the assumptions about leadership people have in each system. 
  • Identify and understand the qualifications as denoted by the U.S. Constitution for being president of the United States of America 
  • Compare and contrast good leaders with viable leaders 

The students were able to compare our democracy with the British democracy.  We learned how the Parliament is elected and also how it can be dissolved.  Then, we compared it with our three branches of government and the checks and balances that were put into place by our founding fathers. 

We went back to the Constitution to examine the roles and powers of the U.S. President, as well as the qualifications.  One of our vocabulary words for today was viable.  We debated whether or not a good leader would also be a viable leader.  The students ranked a list of previous historical American figures based on viability.  We had an interesting discussion about each person, and at the end of that lesson, I revealed their true identities. 

Tonight’s exit ticket is, “What boundaries do checks and balances place on a leader?  How do checks and balances influence what we define as good leadership?”  The students received paper copies.  I would love for them to talk about this with you.  They can record their answers on paper or just discuss it with you.  We will review their responses at the start of class tomorrow. 

Have a great evening! 

Dr. Dunlap