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Activity Overview


Researching real people helps students to get a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives and history of others. It also allows them to bring history to life! In this activity, students will research a historical Puritan and create a Biography Poster about them. Students may choose from a list of suggested people, or teachers can assign each student a different Puritan.

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!

Possible Puritans to Research

  • John Winthrop
  • Thomas Dudley
  • John Harvard
  • Roger Williams
  • Anne Hutchinson
  • John Cotton
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Biographies

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/8] Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/7] Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Research a famous or notable Puritan from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 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 your chosen person.
  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, accomplishments.



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