Session 1 - Information Gathering


Example from one of our units

SOLE Protocols

  • Three ways to gather information, your brains, the brains of classmates and the internet.
  • You can move freely from group to group to gather information.
  • Your information must be shared if someone asks you.
  • Good resources to be shared on the 'Resources whiteboard'.
  • When you have collected some information, write a question that can be answered by that information on the 'Questions whiteboard'.

Initial Question

  • Why do all societies have leaders?

Collaborative research/


  • Students to follow protocols to find out answers to the question depending on what their point of interest is.

Share Time

  • All students will share one piece of information they found during the session with the rest of the class.

Play or Pass

  • Students return to their learning groups and share quick facts they have learn't during the session
  • If students have nothing to share they say 'pass' and it continues to the next student
  • Record how many facts groups were able to recount in the allotted time (add incentives if needed)

Session 2 - Exam Questions


  • During this session students will be answering a set of questions relating to the 'Big question' asked in Session 1.
  • This time the only resources are other students and the notes that students have gathered from session 1.
  • Students work in groups of 4-6, this group will be together for the whole session.
  • Each group will work through the questions together, discuss the answers, generate ideas and then each write the groups answer in their own book. Each group cannot move onto answering the next question until all of the members have completed writing the previous answer.

Sample Questions

  • What is Leadership? Why is it important?
  • Name at least 5 people who you believe have been effective leaders and why?
  • Why do people choose to follow leaders?
  • Draw a Venn diagram comparing good leadership and poor leadership.
  • Explain the difference between the two?
  • Draw a labeled diagram of what you believe makes up a good leader.

Session 3 - Apply our knowledge


  • During this session students will be using the knowledge that they have gained over the last two sessions to create an information piece about the topic.
  • Students can work as individuals or with a partner.
  • The resources used will be students workbooks and the information they contain from previous sessions, a computer and other reference material that is linked to the topic.
  • Students may choose to present their piece in a preferred format, eg. oral presentation, powerpoint, poster, other multimedia platform.

Sample Application task

Your task will be to prepare a profile of someone who you regard to be a great leader. Your leader must be someone who has had a positive impact on their followers.
Some of the information that you MUST include in your profile is -
  • Some personal information - Such as date and place of birth, family information, work history etc.
  • An outline of their life as a leader - what/who did they lead, were they successful, why or why not.
  • A description of the leadership qualities this person possesses/ed
  • A Venn diagram - comparing Yourself with your chosen leader
  • Any other information about your leader that you think is worthwhile including