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Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar lesson plan

OVERVIEW

L.Q.C. Lamar was a well-respected statesman from Mississippi who served his state and nation during one of the most turbulent times in U.S. history. After his service to the Confederacy, he again sought the national leadership he held prior to the American Civil War. Lamar had a sincere desire to heal the regional and national wounds left by civil war. His intellectual and oratorical abilities helped him gain the support and respect needed to serve his state and nation at the federal level. Lamar held key positions, at different points in his career, in each branch of the federal government. Lamar is considered by many to be one of the greatest southern statesman in the 19th century.

CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

Mississippi Framework: Competencies 1, 3, and 4.

TEACHING LEVELS

Grades 7 through 12.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT

Mississippi History Now article

Pen/pencil and paper

Notebook paper

Unlined paper

Overhead projector and transparency (optional)

Chalk and Chalkboard (optional)

OBJECTIVES

Students will:

Construct a timeline that lists significant events in the life of L.Q.C. Lamar.

Determine characteristics of a leader.

Compose an essay.

OPENING THE LESSON

The teacher will ask the students the following questions:

What are the three branches of the American government?

What government positions are found in each branch? (Lead students to mention the following examples: Supreme Court Justice – Judicial; Senator – Legislative; President and Cabinet – Executive)

Have any American citizens served in all three branches of the government? (Students will probably not be able to answer)

The teacher will answer the last question for students by telling them that only twice in American history has someone served in all three branches of the government. One was Mississippian L.Q.C. Lamar. The teacher will write Lamar’s name on the board and list his dates of service to the U.S. government – 1857 to 1893. The teacher will ask the students what historical events took place during Lamar’s service to the country. As students mention events such as the American Civil War and Reconstruction, the teacher will convey to them that Lamar served his country during one of the most challenging political times for the nation and state.

DEVELOPING THE LESSON

1.

Students will be instructed to read the Mississippi History Now article. While working with a partner, the students will construct a timeline of significant events in the life of L.Q.C. Lamar.

2.

After the students complete the timeline, the teacher will ask students to share some of the most significant events in the life of Lamar. The teacher can record the student responses by listing them on the chalkboard or an overhead transparency.

3.

While continuing to work with a partner, the teacher will instruct the students to complete the chart found at the end of the lesson plan. On the chart, students are to list six adjectives that describe the life and career of L.Q.C. Lamar. On the right hand side of the chart, students should list several examples of when Lamar displayed the determined characteristics.

4.

When the charts have been completed, ask for student volunteers to share information from their charts. The student responses can be listed on an overhead transparency or the chalkboard.

5.

Instruct each student to write an essay about the life of L.Q.C. Lamar. Students can use the Mississippi History Now article and adjective chart to compose the essay. The focus of the essay should be whether Lamar possessed the characteristics of a great leader. This portion of the lesson can be a homework assignment.

6.

Allow students to move into groups of four and share their essays with one another. Ask each group to choose one essay to be shared with the class.

CONCLUDING THE LESSON

Allow the selected essays to be read to the class.

ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING

1.

Class participation

2.

Timelines

3.

Charts

4.

Essays

EXTENDING THE LESSON

1.

Analyze the speech that Lamar wrote about Charles Sumner

2.

Create a resume for L.Q.C. Lamar

3.

Compose a eulogy for Lamar

4.

Analyze the Ordinance of Session written by Lamar

 
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