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President Inventor World Leader Biography Report



Dear Upper Elementary Student,


For the months of December and January, you will be reading a biography and writing a report about a famous historical figure.  Fourth years will choose a U. S. President, fifth years will choose an inventor, and sixth years will choose from a list of historical figures from early civilizations or modern cultures around the world.


Please review the following list and choose your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. The following is a timeline for completing this assignment.


  • Monday, December 7, 2015:  Choose your top 3 choices for your historical figure.


  • Friday, December 11, 2015:  Receive your historical figure.  Begin searching for your resources.


  • Monday, December 14, 2015: Details for completing written report will be sent home in folders.


  • Friday, December 18, 2015: Book due to teacher for approval.


  • Monday, February 1, 2015: Report due.


  • Week of Monday, February 1, 2015:  Oral Presentations


 


Presidential Biographical Report


A biography is the true story of all or part of someone’s life.

Make choices about what to include. What were this person’s most important achievements? What were the most important events in his life?

INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH:  Topic sentence introduces the president (e.g., The sixteenth president of the United States was Abraham Lincoln.) The 2nd, 3rd and 4th sentences introduce the topics of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th paragraphs. The concluding sentence ends the paragraph.

SECOND PARAGRAPH:  This paragraph should be about the president’s life aside from politics. Include his early life, family background and childhood as well as things in his adult life that do not pertain to his career as president. Events should be in chronological order.

THIRD PARAGRAPH: This paragraph should discuss how the president entered into politics. Again, remember to keep the information in chronological order.

FOURTH PARAGRAPH: The Administration Years are presented in this paragraph. The years he spent in the White House, his cabinet members, foreign affairs and the economy should be included. If your president is deceased, then this fact should be the concluding sentence in this paragraph. If your president is still alive then you can end the paragraph with a current statement of what he is doing in his years after the White House.

FIFTH PARAGRAPH: The closing paragraph should not reveal any new facts about the president. You are summing up the main contributions in the closing paragraph. It is almost as if you are rewriting the introductory paragraph. Review with the readers what this president has contributed to the history of the presidency of the United States. Remember no new information should be added.


REQUIREMENTS – these must be included:

  • Cover sheet/Title page

  • Photo collage (with a minimum of 5 photos pertaining to the president and his life)

  • Bibliography page (use more than one resource)

  • Your report can be typed (12 point font and double space) OR handwritten in your best cursive (in pen)

  • Rough draft paragraphs required to be turned in each week and in with final report

Rough Draft Paragraph Due Dates:

4th: January 11th-2nd paragraph

       January 18th--3rd and 4th paragraphs

       January 25th-Introduction and Conclusion paragraphs


Research Report on Inventors

Do you ever wonder what our lives would be like if we did not have electric lights, washing machines, computers, or cars? How inventors products have changed our lives is as important as who they were. Some inventions’ influence on human lives are easy to understand. The discovery of fire made it possible for early humans to have a heat source, as well as a way to cook foods, otherwise eaten raw. A major invention thousands of years ago was the wheel. Its inventions allowed for the advancement of agriculture and technology by later inventors. Humans now had new opportunities to transport materials. Having capable modes of transportation has been a crucial stepping stone for all societies.

Introductory Paragraph –First Paragraph:  Topic sentence introduces the full name of the inventor, when and where he/she was born. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th sentences introduce the topics of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th paragraphs. The concluding 5th sentence ends the paragraph.

Second Paragraph should include:

1. Describe the inventors education.

2. Write how the inventor became interested in inventing and creating things. This might include interesting anecdotes from his/her childhood.

Third paragraph should include:

1. Describe what the inventor created.

2. Write about how he/she made their inventions.

3. Describe what obstacles he/she had to overcome to create their inventions.

Fourth Paragraph should include:


1.  What was the inventors most important contribution? Why is the invention important?

2. Who are their inventions important to or helpful to?

3.  Is this invention important to people other than Americans? Why or why not? Give some examples.

Fifth Paragraph should include:

1. Write what you have learned from this inventor.

2. What lesson(s) could other people learn from this inventor.

3. You are summing up the contributions of this inventor and should not reveal any new information.

You will "become" the inventor you choose and display the invention in a living wax museum to your peers. You can dress up like the inventor and have props or models of the invention.

REQUIREMENTS – these must be included:

  • Cover sheet/Title page

  • Photo collage (with a minimum of 5 photos pertaining to the inventor and his/her life)

  • Bibliography page (use more than one resource)

  • Your report can be typed (12 point font and double space) OR handwritten in your best cursive (in pen)

  • Rough draft paragraphs required to be turned in each week and in with the final report

Rough Draft Paragraph Due Dates:

5th: January 11th-second paragraph

      January 18th-third and fourth paragraphs

      January 25th-introduction and conclusion paragraphs


Interviewing Famous Leaders in History

Brief Description

Students research a famous leader and then assume the role of interviewer and responder as they compose a question-and-answer interview with that leader. This lesson is an alternative approach to a traditional research paper.


The objective is that you, the student, will:
* Learn about the lives and careers of famous world leaders (Presidents, Roman emperors, English monarchs, or others).
* Assess and paraphrase historical sources.

Materials Needed

* Biographical dictionaries, books or other sources of biographical information about leaders of the period being studied.
* Internet access (optional)

The Activity

Compose a preliminary list of questions to ask your leader. You must have a minimum of 10 questions. Mechanical (form) and communicative (meaning) grammar will be scored so focus on a grammatical point and use it purposefully, appropriately, and accurately.

Interviews with questions of high quality will earn a better grade.

Sample Topics should include questions (but not limited to):
* The leader's family and background;
* How the person became leader
* A significant contribution for which the leader was responsible (for example, a significant law that was enacted under a president's leaderships …)
* Military matters under the leader's tenure;
* Social policies during the leader's term/reign;
* Contributions the leader made; or
* Personal habits, likes, and so on.


Requirements


  • Cover sheet/Title page

  • Your report can be typed (12 point font and double space) OR handwritten in your best cursive (in pen)

  • Hand drawn portrait of the world leader

  • Rough draft questions required to be turned each week and in with the final report

Rough Draft Paragraph Due Dates:

6th: January 11th-3 questions

       January 18th-4 questions

       January 25th-3 questions



Students will use available resources (books, Internet sites, and other sources) to research/learn about the leader. Then they will put themselves in the shoes of an interviewer who lived at the same time as the leader; they will compose historically accurate questions and answers to those questions. They should include questions that will lead to sharing of information they found personally interesting as they researched the life and times of the leader.

Students will need to include a reference to the sources used for each answer; or to include a full and correctly formatted reference list with their interview.
Students should include with their interviews a portrait of the leader.
A fun technology integration activity would be to take digital pictures of yourself posed to appear as if they are interacting with the image they collected of the leader; then use a Photoshop program to superimpose the image of the student on the image of the leader.


Culminating Activity

As a culminating activity, students will share their interviews with their classmates (Approximately 5-8 minutes). This final activity will include dressing up and possibly wearing a costume.






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