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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

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Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California

Kathleen Benson Quinn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

What Did George Post Today? Learning About People of the American Revolution Through Facebook

After researching famous people of the American Revolution, students create Facebook-like PowerPoint presentations to share their knowledge with classmates.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 11

Pedro Albizu Campos leads the Puerto Rican Independence movement.

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

Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.

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

Charles Lindbergh began his transatlantic flight in 1927.

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  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20

Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.

Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken–such as age, race, and gender–that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Assessment Tool

Oral Presentation Rubric

This rubric is designed to be used for any oral presentation. Students are scored in three categories—delivery, content, and audience awareness.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Speak to Me: Teaching with Voki

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.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Life Stories

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.

 

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