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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Nine 50-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After researching famous people of the American Revolution, students create Facebook-like PowerPoint presentations to share their knowledge with classmates.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 20
Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been brokensuch as age, race, and genderthat might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
Grades 6 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 11
After learning about the story of Pedro Albizu Campos and his commitment to Puerto Rican independence, students research and share their learning about another nationalist figure from around the world.
Grades 4 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  April 18
Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 20
Students consider what is meant by the phrase "Human Hero," think of people who fit into the category, and read a biography of a selected hero.
Grades 3 – 12 | Printout | Assessment Tool
This rubric is designed to be used for any oral presentation. Students are scored in three categories—delivery, content, and audience awareness.
Grades 6 – 12 | Strategy Guide
Through Voki, a Web 2.0 tool, students create customizable avatars for class presentations for various purposes, such as presenting biographical information, expressing an opinion, or reading a poem.
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
Life stories are books that trace defining moments and turning points in people’s lives. By exploring how individuals overcome obstacles and discover their passions – or fall prey to mistakes and inner demons – life stories illustrate how human beings navigate the complexities of living. Tune in to hear about a variety of life stories – some that celebrate lives of success, others that mourn lives tragically lost or wasted.