Bagby Elementary School 2011-2012

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Bagby Elementary School 2011-2012

5th Grade  Miss Payne  Room 9

Student Name: __________________________________________ # _____

Biography Project

Project Assigned

Monday, May 14, 2012

Due Dates

Biography Choice

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Monday, May 21, 2012

Graphic Organizer I

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Graphic Organizer II

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Class Presentations

May 30-31st and June 1, 2012

  • This project requires research, writing, and a presentation.

  • You may work alone, with a partner, or in a group of three (no more than three).

  • You will have ample class time devoted to this project, but work outside of class will be necessary—especially during the research gathering phase.

  • You will have regular access to our classroom computers.

  • Be creative! Have fun!

Project Requirements:

  • Research and select a notable person from the American Colonial and/or Revolutionary War periods (17th and/or 18th centuries).

    • Find at least three sources (book, website, etc.) of information about your person.

  • Return the biography choice form (below) by the due date.

    • If you do not choose a historical person by the due date, one will be assigned to you.

  • After you have read your sources and become familiar with his/her character and accomplishments, invite your person to time travel to events and places in the United States after 1960.

    • Escort your person to two significant events and two historical places.

    • The events and places you choose should be carefully considered; they should be of particular interest and relevance to your person. (For example, an 18th century scientist might be interested in seeing modern technology and engineering, or a 17th century supporter of human rights might be interested in significant events and places of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.)

  • Record this experience, including your person's comments and reactions to your tour and what you learned. How you “record” (video, audio, transcript, paper, etc.) is your decision.

  • Complete Graphic Organizer I by due date.

  • Begin work on your presentation to the class.

  • Complete Graphic Organizer II by due date.

  • Paragraph: Turn in a high-quality paragraph (minimum eight sentences) explaining details of your project.

  • Presentation: Share your informative and entertaining presentation (your person and his/her experiences) with the class in a 3-7 minute presentation (May 30-June 1, 2012).

Ideas for Presentations


For example: skit, music, dance, mock trial, press conference, monologue, speech, etc.


For example: PowerPoint software, slide show, pre-recorded audio/video, etc.

Visual Aids

For example: photos, tables, maps, graphs, charts, illustrations, etc.


For example: painting, collage, drawing, sculpture, illustration, etc.


For example: props, objects, costume, etc.

Possible Biography Choices

U.S. Presidents

  • George Washington

  • John Adams

Colony Founders

  • John Smith (Virginia)

  • Roger Williams (Rhode Island)

  • William Penn (Pennsylvania)

  • Lord Baltimore (Maryland)

  • John Winthrop (Massachusetts)

  • James Oglethorpe (Georgia)

Important Colonists

  • William Bradford

  • Mary Dyer

  • Anne Hutchinson

  • John Smith

Revolutionary War Leaders

  • Thomas Jefferson

  • Paul Revere

  • John Adams

  • William Dawes

  • George Washington

  • Patrick Henry

  • Samuel Adams

  • Thomas Paine

  • Benjamin Franklin

Women during Revolutionary War Period

  • Phyllis Wheatley

  • Abigail Adams

  • Mercy Otis Warren

  • Molly Pitcher

  • Martha Washington

  • Deborah Sampson

  • Betsy Ross

Men during Revolutionary War Period

  • Nathan Hale

  • Benedict Arnold

  • Peter Salem

  • James Armistead

  • Marquis de Lafayette

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