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Activity Overview

Researching real people helps students to gain a more concrete understanding of the culture, lives, and diverse perspectives of people who lived in ancient times. It helps them go beyond simply memorizing dates and names to acquire a more substantial, empathetic, and realistic view of the period.

Teachers can assign students a specific person or they may give students a choice. Teachers may wish to provide resources such as books or the online encyclopedia Britannica for students to read about their person.

Giving students a graphic organizer to fill in as they read is helpful to pick out the most important facts and details. After students conduct their research and fill out a note-taking sheet or graphic organizer, students can create a Biography Poster using a template from StoryboardThat with images and text that highlight the key events and accomplishments of their person.

These posters can be printed out, laminated, and hung around the room as a visual reminder of notable people from the time of Ancient China. Students can also present their posters to their classmates, sharing their knowledge about their person, thus combining research, writing, and public speaking skills into one powerful assignment.

Find more biography poster templates to add to this assignment if desired!

Some examples of people to research:

  • Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi
  • Empress Wu Zetian
  • Emperor Gaozu of Han
  • Emperor Wu of Han
  • Emperor Taizong
  • Kublai Khan
  • Hongwu Emperor
  • Kangxi Emperor
  • Genghis Khan
  • Marco Polo
  • Confucius
  • Laozi
  • Buddha

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Research a person from Ancient China. Create a poster that includes important details and engaging imagery.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a famous person.
  2. Using school resources, conduct research on a famous person and take notes using a graphic organizer.
  3. On the poster, include your person’s name and dates of birth, death, and major accomplishments in sequence.
  4. Add appropriate scenes, characters and items to illustrate the poster. To find images related to Ancient China, type “China” into the search bar.

Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, major accomplishments

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Biographies

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/7/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/7/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/7/7] Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

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