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  • Tennessees Legendary Leaders

    Lesson Plan 4 5The Age of Jackson and

    f o r g r a d e st e a c h e r s

    An Educational Outreach Program of the

    Tennessee State Museum

    t e n n e s s e e s t r a v e L i n g t r e a s u r e s

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    G o a l

    to learn about tennesseans who led the state and in some cases the country after the

    frontier era of tennessee history.

    C o N T E N T

    through an exciting classroom campaign and mock election, students will use hands-on

    materials and books to explore the lives and careers of andrew Jackson, James K. polk,

    david crockett, sequoyah, and sam houston as well as the pivotal period in american

    history in which they lived.

    o B J E C T I V E S

    to inform students of basic biographical information about the lives of david crockett,

    andrew Jackson, James K. polk, sequoyah, and sam houston

    to familiarize students with the democratic process

    to decipher history through multiple perspectives

    to investigate tennessee history through both broad and specific contexts

    I N T r o d u C T I o N

    andrew Jackson, david crockett, James K. polk, sam houston, and sequoyah are some

    of the most famous names in tennessee history. all of these men left an indelible mark

    on the state and also, the country as a whole. this lesson encourages students to look

    at their livestheir accomplishments and failings. historians try not to make personal

    judgments, but rather to look dispassionately at the lives of important people. With this

    lesson, hopefully, students will also come to better understand that history is not black

    and white. it is understood differently depending on ones perspective.

    T E N N E S S E E S T r a V E l I N G T r E a S u r E S

    IntroductionThe Age of Jackson and Tennessees Legendary Leaders

    a N d r E w J a C k S o N

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    h I S T o r y l E S S o N T r E a S u r E T r u N k I N V E N T o r y

    ContentsTreasure Trunk

    P a G E 3

    Vote! Elect your Favorite Famous Tennessean

    in this lesson, your students will explore the lives

    of some of tennessees most famous leaders. your

    students will split into groups and take on the persona

    of each leader. use the contents listed here to have a

    dress up day in your class. they will read about their

    assigned leader, then dress up like him, and debate why

    their leader is the most important.

    five large portraits to be hung in your classroom

    crocketts coonskin cap

    Jacksons grey top hat

    polks black top hat

    sam houstons hat

    sequoyahs turban

    sequoyahs syllabury

    davy crockett: A Life on the FrontierGetting to Know the Presidents: andrew JacksonGetting to Know the Presidents: James K. polksam houston: Standing Firmsequoyah: The Man Who Gave His People Writing

    1l e s s o n

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    I N T r o d u C T I o N

    With this trunk, students will learn about their lives, triumphs, and

    shortcomings and then, make a final decision by presenting one

    with the title of favorite famous tennessean. this trunk will

    use the democratic process of an election to underscore the

    fact that, at heart, all of these men believed in a democratic

    government and the right of citizens to be heard. students

    will use this trunk to investigate the lives of these men and to

    gain additional perspectives of their history and the history of

    tennessee. at its core, this lesson is designed to be a fun and

    engaging way to introduce students to these icons of tennessee.

    G o a l S

    to investigate the legacies of several famous tennesseans from the 19th

    century through the lens of the democratic process.

    o B J E C T I V E S

    to inform students of basic biographical information about the lives of david

    crockett, andrew Jackson, James K. polk, sequoyah, and sam houston

    to familiarize students with the democratic process

    to decipher history through multiple perspectives

    to investigate tennessee history through both broad and specific contexts

    a S S E S S M E N T

    students should grasp a basic understanding of the lives of these five men, their con-

    nections both personal and political, and the basic process of elections. students will

    utilize reading comprehension, speech, and writing skills to complete assignments, and

    they will be constantly assessed on their level of participation, both in a large class setting and as a member of a small group.

    G E T T I N G r E a d y T o l E a r N

    ask students to list a few of their favorite americans, and write their names on the board. also, ask them to name some qualities that

    make these people their favorite. point out the fact that every person named has both good and bad qualities. even the most popular

    people in history have made big mistakes and major accomplishments.

    explain to students that today we will be electing a favorite famous tennessean of the early 19th century from a group of five fa-

    mous men. ask students how they think we will make the choice. (they will most likely say by voting.)

    Continued next page

    l E S S o N d u r a T I o N

    2 4 SESSIoNSF o r G r a d E S

    4 5

    Vote! Elect Your Favorite Famous TennesseanLesson 1

    ?Guiding Questions

    What is a leader? What does it take to be a great leader and who

    were some of tennessees greatest leaders?

    CurrICuluM S Ta Nda rdS

    see page 8 for the state and national

    curriculum standards for this lesson.

    l E S SoN 1 rE SourCE S

    the handouts and worksheets are

    located as a pdf on the cd and as a hard

    copy in the back of the book under the

    lesson 1 tab.

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    lesson 1 continued

    explain that today we will have an election and learn about democracy. democracy is a

    type of government in which every citizen can participate with the majority making the

    decisions. in these lessons, the classroom will become a democracy, and every student

    will be allowed to vote for their favorite tennessean. it is very important that the in-

    structor encourage enthusiasm and participation, remembering that campaigns during

    this time in history were boisterous, exciting events.

    P r o C E d u r E S P a r T 1

    1. introduce the candidates, david crockett, sam houston, James K. polk, andrew

    Jackson, and sequoyah, and post banners included in the trunk in separate loca-

    tions throughout the room.

    2. explain that these men were famous tennesseans during the early 1800s, roughly

    from 1820-1860.

    3. ask the students if they notice anything interesting about the banners. they may

    notice that there are no women and only one minority included. Briefly point out

    that at this time in history women and most minorities did not have the right to vote

    and actually, had few basic rights. they will also recognize a few of the names and

    possibly, the fact that two are former presidents.

    4. have students give examples of reasons someone might earn the title of favorite

    famous tennessean. Would someone need to do good things, be brave, a leader,

    or intelligent? What are important qualities for the class to think about when they

    are voting?

    5. now, split the class into five groups. each student should be assigned to a learning

    station located underneath the banner of their candidate. Biographies should be

    placed at these stations.

    6. While at these stations, students will read a short book. each student in the group

    should take turns reading aloud from the text. teachers can also make copies of

    portions of the text. as they read, they should take notes using the graphic orga-

    nizer (attachment a). make sure to monitor student comprehension and answer

    questions when necessary.

    Vote! Elect Your Favorite Famous Tennessean

    S E Q u o y a h

    J a M E S k . P o l k

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    7. then, give each group the trunk contents that correspond to their individual. each

    object will have a label to explain its significance. allow students to examine the

    trunk contents and discuss what they have read. have them write down and discuss

    ideas to be used in their campaign speeches. as a class, share these ideas. have

    students offer positives and negatives for candidates and write these on the board.

    8. next, ask students return to their seats. students should begin to write a persuasive

    speech about why their tennessean should be elected. pass out the helpful hints

    handout. make a point of reminding students that all of these individuals knew each

    other during their lifetimes, but they all had diffe