1. Biography of a Great American (see suggested list below)
2. A report cover, or folder with a picture of The Great American
3. Submit any copies of additional research from books or the internet.
4. A costume (to dress-up) resembling The Great American you are researching
5. A life-size drawing or figure of The Great American.
1. Each student is to select a biography from the library, or purchase an
appropriate biography for the project. The purchasing option allows students
to highlight important facts for their report.
2. All students should have 2 possible choices for their report and approve
all choices with the teacher. This will prevent any class duplications.
3. After reading the approved biography students should answer the following
questions in their own words, while developing 4 complete paragraphs.
• Part A General Background: When and where your Great American was born?
This section should also include something about their childhood or family.
• Part B Education: Describe how this Great American received their
education and the type of education they had. Explain what experiences or
people helped shape their life.
• Part C Contributions: Explain in detail how this Great American
contributed to our country?
• Part D Interesting Facts: Why did you choose this Great American? Explain
what you found most interesting about The Great American you chose.
• Place all report information in a folder decorated with a picture
of "The Great American" researched.
4. As part of
the unit on Great Americans each student is asked to participate in a "Great
American Day". Each student can either dress-up as the person they have
researched, or they may choose to draw a life-size figure of their subjects.
5. Be creative!! Drawings maybe tracings or silhouettes.
6. Each student should prepare a brief 2 minute speech identifying their
Great American. They may use note cards to write down the facts that they
wish to share.
My name is Abraham Lincoln. Many people have nicknamed me "Honest Abe" I was
born in the year 1809. I grew up in a log cabin. I was also the 16th
In order to
ensure parent and child cooperation-Teachers should send home parent
handouts explaining project, information, requirements and due dates.
evaluate students using a rubrics. To include: Content of the report
(looking for information and diversity of sources). Quality of report (based
on editing, final draft preparedness), Organizational skills (ability to
follow directions and report organization) and finally, Comments.
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