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Activity Overview


Students can learn a lot about how we uncover the mysteries of the past as well as the different careers available by studying social scientists and those that have made contributions to our understanding of history. There are many different archeologists, paleoanthropologists, and scientists to research. In this activity, students will create a biography poster highlighting the accomplishments of someone in the study of Early Humans.

These posters can be printed out, laminated and hung around the room as a visual reminder of these notable people and their accomplishments.

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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Example of Scientists to Research

  • Mary Leakey
  • Louis Leakey
  • Charles Darwin
  • Donald Johnson
  • Howard Carter
  • Hiram Bingham
  • Diann Fossey
  • John Wesley Gilbert
  • Dr. Alexandra Jones

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/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/7] Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Research a famous scientist that has helped us understand more about the past. Create a poster that includes their important accomplishments.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a famous person.
  2. Using school resources, conduct research on a famous person or event 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 your poster.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, 1-3 major accomplishments, 1-6 illustrations.



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