Activity Overview

History is the result of the contributions of many people, and this is clearly demonstrated during the American Revolution. Using a traditional storyboard, students will identify and analyze the major figures who played key roles throughout the American Revolution. Students will research their basic biographical information and what role they ultimately held. This will also highlight their significance as our nation's Founding Fathers.

This activity is flexible, and students can select 4-8 figures to create the mini biographies for. You can provide them with a list of figures to choose from and determine how many you'd like students to investigate! There is a suggested list below, but it is by no means a comprehensive collection.

Major Figures of the American Revolution

  • Samuel Adams
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Hancock
  • John Adams
  • Nathanael Greene
  • Benedict Arnold

For an alternative to this activity, students can go more in depth on one or two of these figures by creating a biography poster describing the person, their ideologies, and their contributions to the Revolution. More than one template can be added to an assignment to provide students with different options, and you can adjust the instructions accordingly!

Extended Activity

Have students actively engage in a round-robin activity. Select specific figures for each student to research (3-5 for each) and have them create a storyboard on those figures. With a separate graphic organizer, have students use other students' storyboards and research to put together a larger, more comprehensive list of figures. This enables them to focus on and master 3-5 figures, but also ultimately research and look at every other figure the teacher may choose. Furthermore, it makes students responsible for ‘teaching’ the class about their figures. Students may also present their figures to the class if there is time.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a storyboard with mini biographies for key figures in the American Revolution. Be sure to include their ideologies and actions they took.

  1. Click "Start Assignment"
  2. In each title, identify a different key figure.
  3. Describe their ideologies and actions.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

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