Researching real people helps students to gain a more concrete and compassionate understanding of the culture, lives and diverse perspectives of people who were involved in the American Revolution. Giving students the perspective of those who lived during a time period helps them go beyond simply memorizing dates and names to acquire a more substantial, empathetic and realistic view of the period. In this activity, students will create a biography poster for an important person from the American Revolution.
Teachers can assign students specific people or events or give students a choice. Teachers may wish to provide resources such as books or the online encyclopedia Britannica for students to read about their person. Once students have completed their posters, they can be printed out, laminated and hung around the room as a visual reminder of notable people from the time of the American Revolution. 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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Objective: Research a famous or notable person. Create a biography poster that highlights their major accomplishments.
Requirements: Person’s image, name, dates of birth/death, accomplishment.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: BiographiesCommon Core Standards