ESL Business Teacher – People: Lewis and Clark Expedition

Born on August 18, 1774, near Ivy, Virginia, Meriwether Lewis, in 1801, was asked by President Thomas Jefferson to act as his private secretary. Jefferson made Lewis another offer—to lead an expedition into the lands west of the Mississippi, which he did after enlisting William Clark. With the help of Sacagawea, the team successfully reached the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who are Lewis and Clark
  • What impact they had on society
  • What can we learn from them that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Horace Mann

Education reformer Horace Mann was born on May 4, 1796 in Franklin, Massachusetts. Mann served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate before his appointment as the Massachusetts secretary of education. Mann went on to the U.S. House of Representatives, promoting an agenda of public education and “normal schools” to train teachers.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Horace Mann
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Frederick Law Olmsted

Born in 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted worked in many areas, including farming, and publishing, before finding his calling in landscape architecture. He collaborated on the design for Central Park and went on to design projects such as Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and the landscape for Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition. In 1903, Olmsted died in Waverly, Massachusetts.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Frederick Law Olmsted
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Rachel Carson

Biologist Rachel Carson alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. Her best-known book, Silent Spring, led to a presidential commission that largely endorsed her findings and helped to shape a growing environmental consciousness. Carson died of cancer in 1964 and is remembered as an early activist who worked to preserve the world for future generations.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who isRachel Carson
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, Scotland. After moving to the United States, he worked a series of railroad jobs. By 1889 he owned Carnegie Steel Corporation, the largest of its kind in the world. In 1901 he sold his business and dedicated his time to expanding his philanthropic work, including the establishment of Carnegie-Mellon University in 1904.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Andrew Carnegie
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was born circa January 11, 1755 or 1757 (the exact date is unknown), on the island of Nevis, British West Indies. In 1777, Hamilton became General George Washington’s assistant. In 1788, he convinced New Yorkers to agree to ratify the U.S Constitution. He then served as the nation’s first secretary of the treasury, from 1789 to 1795. On July 12, 1804, in New York City, Hamilton died of a gunshot wound that he sustained during a duel with Aaron Burr.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Alexander Hamilton
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: William Penn

William Penn was born in London, England, on October 14, 1644. The son of an admiral and landowner, he was educated in theology and the law. In his twenties he converted to the Quaker religion and was jailed several times for his resistance to the Church of England. In 1681, he received a royal charter to form a new colony in America, to be named Pennsylvania; he envisioned this territory as a peaceful refuge for members of all religious beliefs. He died in England on July 30, 1718.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who isWilliam Penn
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant was born on April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He was entrusted with command of all U.S. armies in 1864, and relentlessly pursued the enemy during the Civil War. In 1869, at age 46, Grant became the youngest president theretofore. Though Grant was highly scrupulous, his administration was tainted with scandal. After leaving the presidency, he commissioned Mark Twain to publish his best-selling memoirs.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Ulysses S. Grant
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Umeko Tsuda

Umeko Tsuda was born in 1864 in Tokyo as the second daughter of Sen Tsuda and Hatsuko Tsuda. She was born during a transitional period in Japan’s history, as the country moved from the feudal government of the Edo era (1603-1867) to that of the Meiji era (1868-1912). She spent a number of years at a young age living in the United States only to return to Japan feeling like a foreigner. Yet she continued to persevere to help improve Japan making it a better and strong country. She still carries a strong name in Japan to this day.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Umeko Tsuda
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Clara Barton

Clara Barton, according to Biography.com  was born on December 25, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts. She became a teacher, worked in the U.S. Patent Office and was an independent nurse during the Civil War. While visiting Europe, she worked with a relief organization known as the International Red Cross, and lobbied for an American branch when she returned home. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881, and Barton served as its first president.

As an amazing woman in American history and help founded one of the greatest humanitarian organizations, we have much to thank her for and also learn from.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Clara Barton
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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