Activity Overview

Indigenous people of the Great Plains region are famous artists, historians, activists, among many other professions. Researching real people helps students to get a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives, and perspectives of Native Americans. In this activity, students will research a person and then create a biography poster highlighting their accomplishments.

Using one of the templates or starting from scratch on the poster layout, students will build up a profile of their chosen figure. Depending on requirements or complexity, students can add timelines to their posters. However, the wide variety of characters, scenes, and items makes it very easy for students to customize their project to fit any guidelines.

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

Some examples of people to research:

  • Red Cloud (1822 - 1909)
  • Sitting Bull (1831 - 1890)
  • Crazy Horse (1840 - 1877)
  • Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865 - 1915)
  • Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons) (1876 – 1938)
  • Maria Tallchief (1925 - 2013)
  • Frank Waln (1989 - )

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Research a famous or notable person that is of Indigenous heritage from the Great Plains Region. Create a Biography Poster that highlights their major accomplishments.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a person.
  2. Using school resources, conduct some research and learn more about how it came to pass.
  3. On the poster, include your person’s name and dates of birth (and death if applicable). Choose a character that resembles your person. Add words and images to describe your person’s accomplishments.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, accomplishment.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Biographies

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