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					                                   Agriculture Substitute Lesson Plan

Title: Official FFA Student Handbook Speech

Class Time:
[ ]    50 – 55 minute class
[ ]    90 minute block schedule class
[x]    can be used for both

Grade Level:
[ ]    middle school
[ ]    high school
[x]    both middle and high school

Subject Matter:
[ ]    general topics (not necessarily related to ag, but an activity/plan for a sub)
[ ]    general agriculture (not subject specific)
[ ]    animal science / livestock
[ ]    plant science / horticulture
[ ]    agriculture mechanics
[x]    FFA / Leadership
[ ]    forestry / natural resources
[ ]    agriculture business
[ ]    biotechnology
[ ]    food science


      Class set of the Official FFA Student Handbooks
      Paper provided for the substitute to record student subject choices.
      List of topics students may choose their presentation topics
      Completed assignments folder


In this lesson, students will be divided into partner groups of two (working alone is okay). Each group will
choose a topic from a list of subjects that can be researched from the Official FFA Student Handbook that the
instructor has provided. Students will make an oral presentation to the class on their chosen topic and other
students will record information about each presentation.
Substitute Directions:

Today’s activity is titled “Getting to Know the Official FFA Student Handbook.” This lesson plan will require
that you facilitate the learning o students by dividing them into two groups, providing them with instructions,
monitor the students to ensure that they are on task, watching the time, and guiding the students in giving their
presentations. The following instructions should provide you with adequate information to complete this task.

Divide students in groups of two (students may choose their own partner). Tell the students that they will need
paper and something to write with – this assignment will be turned in at the end of the period and graded.
Everything else can come off of their desks. Once students have been divided into partners, read the following
instructions to the students:

“Today, you will be better familiarizing yourselves with the Official FFA Student Handbook” (Hold a copy up
for everyone to see.) “There are three parts of the assignment. In a moment, I will share with you a list of topics
for you to choose from and you and your partner will read the information about your topic from the student
handbook. You may make notes on a separate sheet of paper that will not be graded. After 15 minutes, you and
your partner will come to the front of the classroom and give an oral presentation about your topic – the only
thing you can bring with you is your sheet of paper which contains notes. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED
highlight your topic and the information that you have chosen should relate to class. While you are presenting
information, your classmates will be writing down information about your topic. Because of this, you will need
to speak loud enough for everyone to hear and speak slowly. You might even have to repeat yourself. Each
student will turn in a paper – you will not turn in a paper as a group. The paper that each of you will turn in
should have your name and the date on it. You will then write the name of the topic being discussed by each
group… for example, if a group is talking about the New Farmers of America, you will write New Farmers of
America and underline it. Beneath the topic you will write a minimum of three (3) complete sentences about the
New Farmers of America. You will do the same for each topic including your own. Once all of the
presentations are made, you will turn in your paper. So let’s review the three things you will do. Number 1 –
you will read about your chosen topic from the Official FFA Student Handbook. Number 2 – you will make an
oral presentation to the class about your topic. Number 3 – you will write down at least three sentences about
each person being discussed and this page will be turned in for grading. Are there any questions?”

Once all questions have been answered, hand out the list of topics to each group and allow them to begin
working. Be sure to monitor the time – fifteen minutes should be more than enough time to choose a topic and
present it to the class.

I need to know the names of the students in each group and the topic they have chosen. Each topic may only be
used by one group. During this 15 minute time period, walk around to each group and record their names and
their topic on the sheet of provided. This page should be placed on top of all student work for each period and
you may make notes in regard to classes on the back of this page as well. Paperclip the student work from each
class period together and place in the “Completed Assignments” folder provided. You will also collect the list
of topics from each group, as these will be used in each class period. The list of topics is on the following

Thank you for substitute teaching and for facilitating this lesson.
           List of Topics for Getting to Know the FFA Student Handbook Presentations

   New Farmers of America – pg. 20 – 23

   Impact of the FFA on women – pg. 24 – 25

   The FFA Emblem – pg. 28 – 29

   The FFA Creed – pg. 30 – 31 …. Do not recite the creed!!! Explain it’s origin, meaning, and

   Official Dress – pg. 38 – 42 …. Once again, do not just recite the rules of official dress, explain it’s
    origin, it’s significance, interesting facts, etc.

   Washington Leadership Conference – pg. 74

   FFA Global include story of Jillian Kempen – pg. 78 - 79

Stories – explain the stories in your own words and make a personal application of what the story
could mean to you. Please do not read to the class!!! Ex. I found a very rewarding career teaching
agriculture and I would have never found it had I not taken an agriscience class in high school!

   Jason Griffeth – pg. 57

   Hillary Smith – pg. 66

   Harry Birdwell – pg. 72

   Travis Vine – pg. 88

   Laura Stump – pg. 102 - 103

   Elizabeth Kinney – pg. 109

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