1. The teacher will distribute one half sheet of paper to each student and ask them to define the role of the United States Secretary of State. This activity will serve a dual purpose as a pretest and a discussion starter. The teacher will ask for volunteers to share their answers and the class will discuss what is correct and what is not. The teacher will collect the responses as a formative pretest.
2. The teacher will assign the information worksheet titled The Secretary of State. The students will use the U.S. State Department website listed below to complete the assignment. This could be given as a homework assignment or done at school if a computer lab is available. The web page is fairly brief and could be printed and duplicated if necessary.
3. When the students have completed The Secretary of State worksheet they will then be assigned the Accomplishments of Some Secretaries of State worksheet. In this assignment the students identify some important historical accomplishments negotiated by various Secretaries of State. They will use the Former Secretaries of State link from the U.S. State Department website. This can be assigned as class work or homework.
Dolan, Edward F. and Scariano, Margaret M. Shaping U.S. Foreign Policy: Profiles of Twelve Secretaries of State. Franklin Watts, 1996.
Secretary of State
Duties of the Secretary of State
Former Secretaries of State
This lesson was developed by Robert McClelland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.