Conflict! The Eisenhower Years: Lesson 4
- Grade Level:
- Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
- History, U.S. Presidents
- 45 mins.
- Group Size:
- Up to 36
- National/State Standards:
- PA Education Standards:
History 8.3.9.D, 8.3.12.A.D
Reading, Writing... 1.6.8 A.D.E, 1.6.11.A.D.E
OverviewHOW EISENHOWER FACED CONFLICTS:
Students learn about how Eisenhower shaped his time. They describe and discuss Eisenhower’s character and how he viewed and dealt with conflict.
Students will be able to describe and discuss Eisenhower's life and career.
Through analysis of Eisenhower's own works and the words of those who knew him, students will be able to describe and discuss Eisenhower's character and how he viewed and dealt with conflict.
Conflict! The Eisenhpower Years: Lesson 4 Materials:
Includes: A copy of Handout #4, "Eisenhower and His Times," for each student
Say to students, "In our last lesson, we learned about the times that shaped Eisenhower. Today, we are going to learn about how Eisenhower shaped his time. To do that, we need to understand something of Eisenhower's character – as well as his style in resolving conflicts."
Look back at the time line. Focus on the quotes. (These are printed in italics). Begin by asking students to read the first few quotes aloud. Ask the class what these quotes reveal about Eisenhower's character, how he views conflict, and how he resolves conflict.
For example, on page 1, students learn that Eisenhower believes in the critical importance of resolving conflicts face to face. He says, "You get to meet anyone face to face with whom you disagree." On this page, he also talks about the importance of honesty as he describes his father. Students also understand that Eisenhower believes in hard work.
Write each of these three descriptors on the board. Assign students to work in small groups to identify other examples of these character traits, as well as others. At the end of the lesson, students should understand that Eisenhower's personal character- his willingness to listen to other people and his ability to get along with others- was a central element in his success in resolving conflicts.
Point out that this time line emphasizes times when Eisenhower worked to resolve conflicts peacefully. Say, "There are other occasions when Eisenhower did not use peaceful conflict resolution." Assign students to research one of the occasions during his Presidency when Eisenhower and the United States did not resolve conflicts peacefully.
Check out the other lessons:
Lesson 1: Conflict and Its Resolution
Lesson 2: Causes of International Conflict
Lesson 3: Eisenhower and his Times
Lesson 4: Conflicts Eisenhower Faced
Lesson 5: How Would Eisenhower Have Handled It?
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