1. Divide class into 5 groups and allow each group to choose one of the following 5 men:
- Jimmy Carter
- John Glenn
- Dwight David Eisenhower
- John Kerry
- John McCain
2. The groups are writing teams charged with the selection of outstanding American heroes who became active politically after their discharge from military service. Students can use the Internet or books from the school or community library.
3. Each group has the responsibility of writing a 2- to 3-page biography of their hero politician in which they describe the family, childhood, education, military career, and later political career of their hero. Emphasis should be placed on their contributions to the greater common good of the American people.