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.
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!
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.
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Create a storyboard with mini biographies for key figures in the American Revolution. Be sure to include their ideologies and actions they took.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group