The Persian Empire

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 12197

You may have heard of Persian rugs and Persian cats, but did you know there was a Persian Empire? You won't find it there today, but you will find out about its leaders and why they were named great!



learning style
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • What are the qualities that make a great leader?
  • Might that depend on whom you consider a great leader?

There are many different kinds of leaders.

Some leaders become leaders because they are smart, strong, and hard-working. Other people become leaders because of circumstances or because they are voted into the position by an election. Still, others become leaders because of how much they have learned or experienced.

  • Why do people look up to and cherish their leaders, sometimes many years after they are gone?

List at least five leaders that come to mind. They can be leaders from history or from your local community, faith, tradition, or family.

For each person, write down or think about at least one quality that makes them a leader.

  • How did the leaders you came up with affect the lives of other people?
  • What would things be like if we didn’t have leaders?
  • Why do people often have such great love for their leaders even if they never met them?

Even after they are gone — sometimes centuries after — great leaders can remain important to their people.

In the Got It? section, read about some of the great leaders of an ancient and proud people: the Persians!

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