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Biography Templates for Research for Famous People in United States History

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2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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Use these 26 biography report templates for students to research famous people in American History. These short-term research projects help the student practice research, note-taking and writing while using technology. Finding facts about historical figures is easy using the included QR codes. The biography research templates include pages for note taking and publishing the biography.

How it Works
These biography templates focus on 26 famous people who had a major impact on US History (from 1492 — Present). Each biography template has 4 pages. The student will use QR Codes (or a list of websites) to research the famous person. Students will take notes and then organize the information to complete the following in the template:

On page 1, is a b/w photograph of the famous person which serves as a cover
On page 2, the student will find essential facts, a famous quote and infer or find character traits for the famous person
On page 3, the student writes a mini-biography of the famous person (ability to add more paragraphs is available in the Extras pages)
On page 4, the student will create a timeline with 6 important dates and their significance.

The pages are then cut and trimmed and stapled together as a book/tablet. The book can be shared in many ways, including an oral presentation, audio recording, class library, etc. Scoring guides are included. Some of the pages also include the QR code so others can also scan the code and find out more about the historical figure.

What's Included
26 templates for 26 famous people in US History:
* Christopher Columbus
* Pocahontas
* Captain John Smith
* Abigail Adams
* Benjamin Franklin
* Thomas Jefferson
* Paul Revere
* Betsy Ross
* George Washington
* Frederick Douglass
* Abraham Lincoln
* Harriet Tubman
* Cesar Chavez
* Helen Keller
* Martin Luther King, Jr.
* Thurgood Marshall
* Rosa Parks
* Eleanor Roosevelt
* Susan B. Anthony
* Mary McLeod Bethune
* Amelia Earhart
* Sacagawea
* Elizabeth Cady Stanton
* Lyndon Baines Johnson
* Barack Obama
* Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Research Packet for the Student
* Due Dates Page
* Essential Questions
* What I Know/What I Need to Find Page
* Fact Finder Note Taking Page
* Paragraph Graphic Organizer Page
* Bibliography Page
* QR Codes

Scoring Guide
* Rubric with descriptors
* Rubric that is blank but is a fillable form to create your own rubric
* Checklist with requirements
* Checklist that is blank but is a fillable form to create your own checklist

QR Codes: Each famous person has 3 QR codes for websites that were found to be:
* reliable with verified information
* kid friendly
* no sign up or accounts required
* few or no ads
* have related hyperlinks
* are trusted by educators

* additional biography page for more paragraphs
* blank template pages
* Essential Questions add-on pages

These biography templates are a great way to get students started on short term research projects that are tied to the social studies and writing curriculum. They make great Open House projects!
As always feedback, suggestions and comments always welcomed!

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