Unit Plan

Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation

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I Have A Dream ... that after the lesson, all individuals master the reading, writing, researching, listening, and speaking skills the biography project helps them develop. Martin Luther King, Jr. serves as a topic example for a model project that has readers construct a concept map and then organize their information to present to the class. Project plans also offer opportunities for peer feedback and an extension activity based on a MAX teaching strategy called cubing. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin with an inquiry-based warm up at the start of class where learners (in groups) examine a variety of biographies to look for similarities and create their own definitions; then, compare the class definition with the actual one
  • Use a QFT (Question Formulation Technique) to model appropriate research questions for the biography project on a person such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson has pupils complete reading for homework; come up with a plan during instructional time if homework is not complete
  • Includes related resources: other lesson pairings that complement the biography project for cross-content instruction
  • Hyperlinks all supplementals and worksheets 
  • Images of Greatness web resource link does not work