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2020 January / February biograpy timeline

The students will be completing the majority of their biography work in school.  We ask that their families help them locate additional resources  (books and online), print 5 or more relevant pictures, provide a tri-fold display board, and come up with a costume to help them "become" the subject of their biography.  Optional:  Students may bring historical maps or maps marked with key locations in their historymaker's life to add to their display board.  Display boards will be completed at school.  The blank boards need to be brought in February 19.

If a student is not keeping up with the assigned tasks in class, work will be sent home.  Here is the 2020 schedule of what we are planning to do in class:

Jan. 6-10  Students select biography, write questions, read biography, and record key dates of history maker's life.

Jan. 9-16  At home, students should be obtaining additional texts for reference from the public library.  Students will be taking notes at school through Jan. 24..   

 Jan. 13-24  Note-taking will be modeled in class.  Topics:  p.1:  Birth and Early Years,  p.2:  Education (including non-formal education...when and where did the individual learn his or her skills?),  p.3:  Later years, including more detailed notes on accomplishments.  A minimum of 10 facts per page pp1 & 2, 15-20 facts for p.3.

Jan. 21-24   Students record evidence of positive character traits / attitudes.  (At least 10 traits with evidence, example:  Clara Barton showed empathy when she cared for both Union and Confederate soldiers.  She knew they were in pain from their wounds.)  Lists of traits will be provided.

Jan. 27, 28  Students write introduction and conclusion.

Jan. 29-31  Write rough draft of report, using notes.  Read each page to a partner to see if it is clear or if revision is needed. (report will include 3 paragraphs, each with topic sentence, details and closing sentence)

Feb. 3-13  Revise, edit and write final copy of report.  

Feb. 19-21  Write key notes on notecards for reference as needed. (speech notes)  Practice speech!

Feb. 19-24  Assemble board (maps, pictures printed at home, portrait created in art, name of historymaker, character traits sheet)

Feb. 25-27 Complete notecards and practice speech.

Feb. 28:  The big day!  Wax Museum in lunchroom, 2:55-3:40 PM  Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.  Grandparents, too.  This is when students dress like their historymaker, stand by their display, and recite their speech for museum visitors who stop at their exhibit.