Class Curriculum

Unit 1:  Orientation & Expectations (January)           
  • Character Trait:  Attitude
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Character or Leadership
  • Leadership Principle(s): Character First, Leadership Second
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Firm handshake, proper introduction, appropriate eye contact.
  • Role Model(s):  Mattie Stepanek
Unit 2:  Development of Priorities & Goals (January)  
  • Character Trait:  Preparation
    • Motivation-Intrinsic or Extrinsic, Positive or Negative.
    • Intensity
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational Diseases
      • Substance Abuse
      • Apathy        
      • The Motivation Dip
      • Avoiding Burnout
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Epitaph Exercise  
  • Leadership Principle(s): Planning and preparing for effective leadership.  
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Using the calendar function on cell phone or computer.
  • Role Model(s):  Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullennberg
Unit 3:  The Importance of Education (January)
  • Character Trait:  Perseverance
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Graduate or Drop Out?
  • Leadership Principle(s): The misperceptions of leadership.  
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Study skills, testing strategies, & budgeting.
  • Role Model(s):  Booker T Washington

Unit 4:  Showing Respect for Authority (January)

  • Character Trait:  Respect
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Showing respect
  • Leadership Principle(s): Mutual respect 
  • 21st Century Skill:  Cell phone etiquette
  • Role Model(s):  Dwight Eisenhower          

Unit 5:  Building a Positive Reputation (February)

  • Character Trait:  Honesty
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Building a positive reputation
  • Leadership Principle(s): Knowing your strengths & weaknesses
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Contracts  
  • Role Model(s): Sherron Watkins
Unit 6:  Developing Personal Values (February)
  • Character Trait:  Integrity
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Developing personal values  
  • Leadership Principle(s): Creating a vision
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Be on time, and if that is not possible enter a room appropriately when late.  
  • Role Model(s):  Sona Sotomayor
Unit 7:  Handling Peer Pressure (February)
  • Character Trait:  Courage
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Peer pressure scenarios
  • Leadership Principle(s): Influencing others to follow your vision  
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Note taking strategies
  • Role Model(s): Amelia Earhart
Unit 8:  The Importance of Role Models (February)
  • Character Trait:  Appreciation
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Role models in life
  • Leadership Principle(s): Setting the tone with optimism and passion.
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Opening doors for others, saying thank you.  
  • Role Model(s):  Christopher Reeves
Unit 9:  Managing Stress, Anger & Aggression (March)
  • Character Trait:  Composure 
    • Controlling Distractions
    • Controlling Your Emotions
    • Overcoming Anxiety
    • Overcoming Fear & “Choking”
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Handling Anger & Fighting
  • Leadership Principle(s): Grace Under Pressure
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Coping skills, thinking before responding in anger.   
  • Role Model(s):  Martin Luther King Jr.
Unit 10:  Positive Communication Skills (March)
  • Character Traits:  Empathy & Tact
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Empathy & Disabilities
  • Leadership Principle(s): Leadership Styles
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Blind Fold Exercise
  • Role Model(s):  Helen Keller
Unit 11:  Expressing Gratitude to Parents & Others (March)
  • Character Trait: Gratitude 
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Expressing Gratitude
  • Leadership Principle(s): The Art of Decision Making
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Writing thank you notes.
  • Role Model(s):  Bob Hope
Unit 12:  Cultural Competence (March)
  • Character Trait:  Tolerance
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Tolerance for different people.
  • Leadership Principle(s): Relational Leadership.
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Performing random acts of kindness.
  • Role Model(s):  Arthur Ashe & Jim Valvano.
Unit 13:  Citizenship in the Community (March)
  • Character Trait:  Sacrifice
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Community Service  
  • Leadership Principle(s): Motivating your team. 
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Community Service
  • Role Model(s):  Pat Tillman
Unit 14:  Sustaining Long-term Relationships (April)
  • Character Trait: Loyalty 
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Tough decisions about marriage.
  • Leadership Principle(s): Commitment to learning & self-improvement.  
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Resume Writing
  • Role Model(s):  Nancy Reagan
Unit 15:  Employability & Workplace Skills (April)
  • Character Trait: Responsibility  
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Handling difficult workplace scenarios.
  • Leadership Principle(s): Servant Leadership
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Interview Skills
  • Role Model(s):  Cal Ripken Jr.
Unit 16:  Confronting Bullies (April)
  • Character Trait:  Compassion
  • Ethical Dilemma:  Expressing Gratitude
  • Leadership Principle(s): Accept responsibility in failure and give others credit for success.
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Confronting Bullies
  • Role Model(s):  Oprah Winfrey
Unit 17:  Becoming a Leader (April)
  • Character Trait:  Leadership  
  • Ethical Dilemma: Leadership Dilemma 
  • Leadership Principle(s): Lead by example-Pacesetting Leadership.
  • 21st Century Skill(s):  Appropriate Table Manners
  • Role Model(s):  Dan Gable
  • Field Trip:  Iowa State Capital, Des Moines, IA
Unit 18: Being a Strong Role Model (May)
  • Character Trait: Character
  • Integrating character into your life--Begin research on semester student project.  
    • Getting Physically Tough-What does your physical health require? What added activities do your goals require?  
    • Getting Mentally Tough-What does your mental health require? What added activities do your goals require?
    • Confidence
    • Focus Factors
    • Commitment to Excellence: Mental & Physical Excellence
  • The Power of Routines
    • The Power of Routines
    • Getting into the “Zone”
    • The Power of Visualization
    • The Power of Positive Attitude
    • The Power of Relaxation
    • The Power of Self-Hypnosis
    • Optimal Arousal
Unit 19: Leadership Experiences (May)
  • Veterans' Museums Field Trip, $
    • Monona County Veterans Museum, Onawa & the Space & Air Museum, Ashland, NE.
  • Little Sioux Scout Ranch, $  
    • Obstacle Course (Leadership & Team Building Course)  
    • Hiking (Leadership & Team Building Course)
    • Archery (Narrowing Focus)
    • Climbing Wall (Overcoming Anxiety)
  • Outward Bound Omaha, $$.  This may require fundraising or grant writing.  
    • Ropes Course (Leadership, Team Building, & Overcoming Anxiety)  
  • The remainder of the week will be used for working on students' Semester Project.
 Unit 20: Semester Project/Test Week (May)
  • Students will have the entire week to work on their projects, which they will present at the end of the week.
    • Capstone Project:  Action Plan for SuccessStudents will develop a personal philosophy by communicating how they will approach living their life. They will explain how their thoughts, beliefs, and principles will guide them in future affairs.  This presentation will act as each students semester test.  A rubric of expectations will be given to students for both the paper, and the presentation.

TAKE A 4-5 DAY CLASS TRIP--- This could be taken when they are freshmen at the end of this class or postponed until their senior year.  Fundraising for a class trip should begin a year in advance.  The trip may be scheduled for a week in April or May whenever it fits best into the district's schedule.

Class Trip, $$$, This may require fundraising or grant writing.   
  • The class may choose one of the following: 
  • COLORADO:  Outward Bound Trip
  • Focus:  Leadership Activities, Outdoor Education, Health, & Physical Education.
  • Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking/Hiking, Rock Climbing/Rappelling, and Cultural Activities.
  • Locales:  Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park; Olympic Training Center, Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs.  

CHICAGO:  EA Tours Trip or Gerber Tours Trip or World Classrooms Trip.
  • Focus:  Leadership Activities, Civics, Social Studies, Science, History.
  • Activities:  Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Medieval Times, The Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower, Cubs game @ Wrigley Field. 


WASHINGTON D.C. :  EA Tours Trip or Gerber Tours Trip or World Classrooms Trip.  

  • Focus: Leadership Activities, Civics, Social Studies, Science, and History.
  • Activities Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Iwo Jima/Marine Corps Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, Capital, White House, The Smithsonian Museums:  The American History Museum & The Natural History Museum, 8th & I Evening Parade-USMC, The National Museum of the Marine Corps. 

SAN ANTONIO:  EA Tours Trip or Gerber Tours Trip or World Classrooms Trip.  
  • Focus:  Leadership Activities, Civics, Social Studies, Science, History.
  • Activities:  San Antonio Missions National Parks, The Alamo, Sea World, The River Walk, Tower of the Americas, Cathedral of San Fernando, Cattle Ranch.