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. In this activity, students will create a poster of a chosen person that highlights key events and accomplishments.
Teachers can assign students a specific person or they may give students a choice from a list. 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.
These posters can be printed out, laminated, and hung around the room as a visual reminder of notable people from the time of Ancient India. 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.
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Objective: Research a person from Ancient India. Create a poster that includes important details and engaging imagery.
Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, major accomplishments