Sketch a Leader: Today's Civics & Leadership Play of the Day

May 05, 2020

Today’s Civics & Leadership Play of the Day from the Ripken Playbook will help you identify the qualities that make a good leader. Sometimes leaders can be very outspoken, and other times they let their actions do the talking. As you identify various leaders in today’s Play of the Day, you will analyze the shared and the differing qualities between renowned leaders, and how these qualities made each leader influential and able to create a positive impact.


  • Paper 
  • Pen, pencil, colored pencils/makers

Let's Sketch!

  1. Select three people you consider to be successful leaders from the past or present. If you need some inspiration, ask a family member or friend, or do some research on your own!
  2. Draw a picture of each leader you selected. 
  3. Beside your drawing of each leader, explain why you selected them as a good leader.
    1. What qualities do/did they have? List them.
    2. How do/did these qualities help them achieve?
    3. Why do/did people follow them?
    4. Do your leaders share any qualities? What are their differences?
    5. Why did you choose them as a leader for this Play of the Day? Why are they important to you?
  4. Now, let's apply what you learned from this Play of the Day to your own life. What qualities do you have that can make you a successful leader in your community? How can you emulate the qualities of these successful leaders to help you grow as a leader?

Today’s lesson was inspired by the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children – Civics & Leadership edition.

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