6th World Leaders Checklist

6th Grade: Research Report on World Leaders

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. Students will  learn about the lives and careers of world leaders (Presidents, Roman emperors, English monarchs, or others) and present a persuasive rationale of the world leader in a first person narrative. 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 that provides evidence, support, and benefits of their person becoming a world leader.

The objective is that you, the student, will:

  • write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources

  • paraphrase, quote, and summarize, avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

  • articulate your argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

  • use commas, parentheses, or dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements; and semicolons to connect main clauses and colons to introduce a list or quotation.

Materials Needed

  • Biographical texts, books or other sources of biographical information about leaders of the period being studied.

  • Internet access

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.

  • Research the answers thoroughly using the persuasive writing craft of evidence, support, and benefits for questions that determine the position of why your person of research earned self recognition as a world leader.

  • 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 leadership …)

  • 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.

Rough Draft Paragraph Due Dates:

Monday, March 5, 2018 -3 questions and thorough responses

Monday, March 12, 2018  -4 questions and thorough responses

Monday, March 19, 2018 -3 questions and thorough responses

Final report due Monday, March 26, 2018.

REQUIREMENTS – these must be included:

  • Cover sheet/Title page

  • Title of the project

  • Student’s name

  • Teacher’s name

  • Due Date

  • Picture

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.

  • 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


Political Cartoon:

Students should include with their interviews a political cartoon that:

  • depicts the leader in a significant event during their time frame.

  • Color needs to be included

  • you can decide on how many panels your cartoon will include.

  • Historical accuracy

  • Political satire included

World Leader Conference

As a culminating activity, students will share their interviews with their classmates (Approximately 5-8 minutes). Each world leader will select three questions that will be randomly drawn by their world leader peers at the World Leader Conference.  

3  Questions:

  • Select three questions from your interview questions.

  • Review these questions and the answers that you have researched in order to answer these questions during the conference.

  • Be familiar with the information in order to portray your World Leader with dignity, respect, and reverence!

  • You will ask other World Leader his/her selected questions.

  • You will remain in character as your World Leader and address other World Leader’s appropriately to who they are portraying


To create an authentic experience, you are encouraged to:

  • wear a costume and/or

  • bring a prop that represents your world leader




Evidence:  What is your evidence they were vital?  List your reasons?

Support:  Tell more about your evidence and its importance.

Benefit:  How were things better because of their actions?

Transition Words

To improve your writing, you need to make sure that your ideas, both in sentences and paragraphs, stick together or have coherence. The gap between ideas needs to be bridged smoothly. One way to do this is by using transitions - words or phrases or techniques that help bring two ideas together. Transitional words and phrases represent one way of gaining coherence. Certain words help continue an idea, indicate a shift of thought or contrast, or sum up a conclusion. Check the following list of words to find those that will pull your sentences and paragraphs together.

For continuing a common line of reasoning:




in the same way

clearly, then



following this further


in addition

besides that


pursuing this further

in the light of the... it is easy to see that


To change the line of reasoning (contrast):





on the other hand

on the contrary

For opening a paragraph initially or for general use:


no doubt


at this level


of course


in this situation


to be sure

generally speaking



in general


For the final points of a paragraph or essay:





Transitional chains, to use in separating sections of a paragraph which is arranged chronologically:

first... second... third...

generally... furthermore... finally

in the first place... also... lastly

in the first place... pursuing this further... finally

to be sure... additionally... lastly

in the first place... just in the same way... finally

basically... similarly... as well

To signal conclusion:




in final analysis

in conclusion

in final consideration


To restate a point within a paragraph in another way or in a more exacting way:

in other words

in point of fact


more precisely

 Sequence or time:


at last

first... second... third




in the first place


as soon as

before long

in the meantime


at first




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