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Activity Overview

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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Suggested Figures of the American Revolution:

  • George Washington
  • Martha Washington
  • John Adams
  • Abigail Adams
  • Ben Franklin
  • John Hancock
  • Thomas Paine
  • Sam Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Patrick Henry
  • Mercy Otis Warren
  • Mary Katherine Godard
  • Sybil Luddington
  • Molly Pitcher
  • Deborah Sampson
  • Lydia Darragh
  • Ann Bates
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Peter Salem
  • Crispus Attucks
  • James Armistead Lafayette
  • Cornstalk of the Shawnees
  • Guyashuta of the Senecas
  • White Eyes of the Delawares
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • Baron Friedrich Von Steuben
  • Tadeusz Kościuszko
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Thomas Hutchinson
  • Lord Dunmore
  • Jonathan Boucher
  • King George
  • Lord Cornwallis
  • Colonel Tye (Titus)
  • Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) of the Mohawks
  • Molly Brant (Degonwadonti) of the Mohawks

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Research a famous or notable person. 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.

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

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/7] Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation


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