The Leader in ME – Famous Americans

The Leader in ME – Famous Americans

This lesson is for : Grade 2:


Holladay Elementary is proud to be a Leader in Me school ( The Leader in Me is an international character education program based on Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. For this project, students identified the 7 Habits displayed in the lives of famous Americans. First the students selected one of the people we have been studying in 2nd grade (SOL2.11): Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Next they researched their famous American with help from the librarian. They used both digital and print resources, and their research focused on finding ways that the person showed the 7 Habits. Students chose how to display their information in the school. Some students created artistic portraits, while others made comics using a website called StoryboardThat ( For the comics, students had to take screenshots of each picture and paste them into a Google presentation. Then the presentations were printed and displayed in the hallways. They were also published online in Google classroom so parents and family members could view them. See student samples:

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: Students used a teacher created list of the 7 habits to guide their research. They chose their own sources from OneSearch online and library books. They decided which events from the famous Americans’ lives illustrated the 7 Habits. To rate higher, students could have developed some of their own questions for research, and they could have used a rubric to evaluate the accuracy of their sources.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: Students chose whether to work alone or with a partner. They decided which type of display, a portrait or a comic, would be most effective at communicating the 7 habits in the school hallway. Students projects were also posted online so people could see them outside of school. To rate higher, students could have collaborated with experts from The Leader in Me organization, and they could have reflected on their group roles after the project was over.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: Students synthesized their research by presenting it in a new way, reflecting the 7 habits and inspiring the other students and teachers at school. Students analyzed what they learned and justified their decision making process regarding what to include in their presentation. To rate higher, students could have selected their own presentation tool instead of choosing between two formats.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Developing – Explanation: Students created their own artistic portraits or digital comics. They created an innovative display for the hallways to not only teach about the 7 Habits but to review famous Americans. To rate higher, students could have taken risks and gone beyond the assignment in creative new ways. They could have reflected on the creative process with a rubric.

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