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Research Famous People in History
A research project about famous people in history can be an interesting, and motivating assignment for students.
Students increase their self-esteem and identify how and why they are important. They listen to various books. as listed in the lesson. Then, students list various famous people and write about how those same people are famous. Finally, they make plans for interviewing the Famous First Graders.
Famous People Website
Eighth graders research famous people. In this case study lesson plan, 8th graders research an individual from West Virginia history. Students then design and construct a web-page that showcases what they have discovered about their historic figure.
A Meeting of World Leaders
Students study some of the background, motivation, and philosophy that shapes political strategies proposed by world leaders to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They determine that there is a complexity of issues and viewpoints to be considered.
Students explore having good self esteem. In this self-esteem lesson, students read the book Judy Moody Gets Famous. Students talk about being famous and list famous people. Students then make a plan to interview a famous person.
Famous People With Dyslexia
Pupils map out a plan of how schools could become more dyslexic friendly. Students create a portfolio on famous people who have overcome dyslexia and developed their talents.
Rowan Atkinson: Famous People, ELL Assignment
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a one-page reading on the comedic actor Rowan Atkinson and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some of the exercises.
Students research and write newspaper articles about current world leaders, using a New York Times International article as a model. They research a current world leader's personal background and political history.
Following the Leaders
Examine the historic election of Pope Benedict XVI and reflect on the challenges he faces as the new leader of the Catholic Church. This New York Times lesson investigates how other world leaders are chosen in different forms of governing structures. Use this lesson as a way to study and dissect the structure of informational text.
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Summit
Students examine the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Summit. In groups, they use the internet to research world leaders and discuss the peace process. To end the lesson, they present their findings along with issues that committees discuss to compromise.
The Power Of Words
Students respond, in writing and in discussions, to statements of various world leaders about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. They keep quotation scrapbooks, responding to various quotations about the attacks from the news.
A Social Studies Lesson
Providing background information on a topic is key to building a deep understanding. This resource is less of a presentation and more of a complete lesson which will use images, bio information, and activities to build your students understanding of the Civil War. Students will view a video, create a timeline, engage in a jigsaw, and complete a journal entry on famous people from the Civil War.
I Can Be Whomever I Wish
Famous people who have overcome obstacles are the focus of this language arts and social studies instructional activity. Pupils are introduced to the concept that they have the ability to overcome obstacles in life. They read selections embedded in the plan about people who have overcome obstacles, then fill out graphic organizers which are also included in the plan. An excellent instructional activity!
Global Review/World Leaders
Students are given a world leader to research a week before participating in a class game. Using the internet, they discover their major contribution to history and the time period and location in which they lived. They present their world leader to the class for them to decide who should be the focus of a essay competition.
Focusing on Famous People
Students examine famous people who have contributed to our changing world. They use graphic organizers, research a famous person, and write a biographical report about him/her.
A Problem with Authority?
Young scholars consider the prospect of inviting a controversial leader to speak in their community. They analyze the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial invitation to speak at Columbia University. Students create provocative interview questions to ask other contentious world leaders for class presentations.
The Height of Diplomacy
Young scholars explore issues that might be discussed at the G8 summit meeting hosted by the U.S. after reading and discussing the article "World Leaders Get a Glimpse of America's High Life" from The New York Times. Students work in groups to research one country's position on a chosen issue and stage a classroom summit meeting.
Nelson Mandela's Birthday
Young scholars complete a variety of vocabulary-related activities with a focus on a news article about Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday. They read the article, define key vocabulary terms, identify the famous people mentioned in the text, answer comprehension questions, and complete comprehension worksheets.
The Not -So-Famous Person Report
Students prepare a "not-so-famous" people report and presentation. In this research and presentation instructional activity, students determine what makes a person important in their judgement. They interview or research a person who they consider to be interesting or life changing before doing an oral history report. They also write a narrative of the interview.
English Lesson Plans for Grade 11
Eleventh graders participate in a variety of listening, speaking and reading activities. Here, they research the lives and achievements of different famous people. They prepare a creative presentation on a chosen topic.